The Athena-Weston School Board has hired Laure Quaresma as its new superintendent/elementary principal for the district. Quaresma will start her position on July 1, 2016.
After opportunities for the community to meet the two final superintendent candidates in February and additional interviews, the board signed a contract with Quaresma on February 26.
“I think Laure will make an outstanding contribution to the district. Her experience as a teacher, a building administrator and an assistant superintendent will all serve as assets in her new position in our district,” said Jim Reger, interim superintendent for Athena-Weston School District.
Reger said he and the school board appreciate the time given by community residents and district staff to provide input about each applicant and to be involved in the process of the superintendent search. He and Quaresma will develop a transition plan to ensure information is shared regarding decisions for the district next year.
Quaresma is the current assistant superintendent at Walla Walla Public Schools in Walla Walla, Washington, a job she has held since 2010. Previously, she worked as an elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, university adjunct professor and teacher in Washington and Oregon.
Quaresma said she is looking forward to working in a smaller school district and getting to know the students and families in the communities of Athena and Weston. “It’s a strong school district that really supports its students. I am eager to continue the concepts of teaching and learning through individualized instruction and discovering what motivates kids on their paths to college and career,” said Quaresma.
Quaresma earned her bachelor’s degree in K-12 education from Western Washington University and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Eastern Washington University.