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 years of work in public schools has been in the Lake Washington School District, thirteen years as a classroom teacher and seventeen 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.
I know how lucky I am to be working at Wilder Elementary as the Associate Principal. The staff are dedicated and passionate, the families are involved and amazing resources, and of course the students are kind and hardworking. My career in education began late, after a short career in management where I found myself spending more time coaching soccer and working with children than at the restaurant that I managed. My best friend, an amazing teacher himself, encouraged me to return to school to become a teacher and a coach. I spent two years coaching high school soccer and teaching 4th grade in a small town in Wyoming, near where I grew up.
Growing up in Wyoming taught me a lot about community and helping your neighbor, working hard and getting your hands dirty. I continued teaching once my wife and I moved to Washington. I taught 4th and 5th grade in Tukwila, Renton, and Highline while I completed my Master’s in Education Administration. My experiences helped solidify my passions and core values that I share with the staff, students, and community here at Wilder and Lake Washington.
I believe that all students can learn and should have the support and challenge from a unified staff and community. I believe building strong relationships is key to instilling a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime. As an associate principal, I work hard to build these relationships with students and support staff in developing new strategies and techniques for supporting all students.
I am eager to partner with all of you to reach the end goal: making sure each student will graduate prepared to lead a rewarding responsible life as a contributing member of our community and greater society.