Dave Goodwin went classroom to classroom at Henderson Bay High School on Thursday morning to tell his students the news: He’s leaving for Peninsula High School.
“It definitely feels bittersweet,” Goodwin said. “Some of the deepest relationships you’ll have the chance to build occur in a school this size.”
Goodwin, a former assistant principal at Peninsula, will fill the role vacated by Peninsula principal Tim Winter. Last month, Winter announced he was leaving to be superintendent of the Clarkston School District.
Over the last four years, Goodwin has been principal of Henderson Bay, a small, tight-knit “school of choice.” It’s an alternative to the traditional high school model, serving a smaller group of about 120 students. For comparison, Peninsula has an enrollment of more than 1,300.
Henderson Bay has a lower student to staff relationship and tailors the district’s curriculum to meet students’ needs. Now that the search is on for a replacement for Goodwin, he has thoughts for any candidates: Put kids first and invest time in them.
Goodwin said he admires and appreciates the time Henderson Bay staff takes to invest in students.
“They give their time, all the time ... they’re 100 percent in,” he said.
Winter says that Goodwin’s time at Henderson Bay will serve him well in his new position.
“I think when he went to Henderson Bay he really showed his leadership quality,” Winter said.
When Winter became principal at Peninsula seven years ago, he hired Goodwin as part of his team.
“I think we, as a school, were fortunate to have Dave here for three years,” he said.
The two men have a close, professional relationship. Winter and the Peninsula staff are excited to welcome Goodwin back.
Winter is known for fostering a culture at Peninsula that thrives on the motto “Be Awesome.” That culture climate is important to Winter, and in leaving he wanted to make sure his successor knew that.
For Goodwin, the new job is a bit of a homecoming. He’s excited to get started.
“They have an excellent staff in place, they have a great climate and culture,” Goodwin said. “You can really hit the ground running there.”
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about the kids at Peninsula, and I can’t wait to get to know them,” Goodwin said.
“It’s a great selection by the district,” Winter added. “Dave’s just going to be awesome.”
Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 firstname.lastname@example.org