Christina Merritt is the current Dean of Students at Hillside Elementary in Clover Park School District at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lewis Main, Washington. She’s spent 18 years in the district serving as a classroom elementary school teacher, principal intern, National Board cohort facilitator and mentor, and site coordinator for summer schooling. In her current role as Dean of Students, she is leading her school by using the guidance of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) which is a system also adopted by Oak Harbor Public Schools. She believes the core values of hard work, honesty, and strong relationships drive her work.
Merritt was nominated for Certificated staff member of the year in 2014 and nominated for the President's Award for Excellence in mathematics and science teaching in 2020. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Administration, both from Western Washington University. She also holds a National Board Certification and completed a Residency Principal Certification from WWU.Merritt replaces longtime OHE Principal Dorothy Day, who will retire at the end of the school year.