Meet our Principals

Mr. Roetcisoender - Principal

   It is a pleasure to serve as principal of Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School. My   career in education really began as a young child, listening to my father, also an     educator, talk about his work with students. His stories inspired me to become a   teacher as well. I chose a career in education, graduating from Washington State   University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Graduate school soon   followed at the University of Washington. All of my thirty-three years of work in public schools has been in the Lake Washington School District, thirteen years as a   classroom teacher and twenty years as an administrator.


I grew up in nearby Duvall on a dairy farm. My father both taught and farmed to support his family. Although some aspects of the farm life were fun, others were not. Rising early on cold mornings to work with cows had to be my least favorite activity. Having three hundred acres to roam was the best part of growing up in a rural environment. Farming does teach one how to work hard, persevere and handle the unexpected, all in all very good skills to have a teacher and principal.

I believe effective teaching is a combination of good planning, good instruction and the ability to have positive relationships with students. When these three things happen in the classroom, students benefit tremendously. As a principal, I promote these three key essentials with staff members.

I also believe in open, honest communication with all parties involved in a child’s education. You can always contact me with a concern or question. Problems happen. The best solutions come when we team together to support a child.

Steve Roetcisoender

Mr. Spaulding - Associate Principal


Hello parents and students.  I am very excited to serve as the Wilder Elementary Associate Principal.  

I am originally from Southern California. My wife and I moved to the Redmond area and immediately knew we wanted to work for Lake Washington School District . 

I am proud to say I have worked in LWSD since 1991, serving as a special education teacher for 12 years, a high school associate principal for 2 years and a Associate Director of Special Services for 13 year.  I had a strong desire to get back to a school building and work more directly with student and teachers, so I requested to be reassigned last year to a elementary position. I am currently split half time between Wilder Elementary and Rosa Parks Elementary. 

My wife is also an elementary administrator in the Redmond region.  We have three wonderful kids who are grown and on their own.  During my off time from work, my wife and I enjoy regularly hiking, cross-country skiing, attending concerts, cooking, playing cribbage and exploring the Pacific Northwest.   

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your associate principal and I look forward to this school year at Wilder.