Principal Doug Neufeld has been an elementary educator for 25 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology at the University of Washington in 1990 and his teaching certificate at Seattle Pacific University shortly thereafter.
He began his teaching career as an elementary science and reading specialist in the Central District of Seattle at T.T. Minor Elementary. He then became a classroom teacher at nearby Bailey Gatzert Elementary where he taught second and third grade for six years and was a fourth and fifth grade intervention teacher for a year. While in the classroom, Mr. Neufeld was recruited to become the math lead teacher for the building. As part of the district’s math leadership program, he earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington. Because of this experience, he saw an opportunity to take on district leadership in elementary mathematics in Seattle.
Mr. Neufeld became a district elementary math coach where he went around the district supporting schools in improving math instruction for students. He then decided earn his principal’s credentials in the Danforth Program at the University of Washington. While in the administrative program, he was head teacher at Highland Park Elementary and interned with Seattle’s literacy program manager. After earning his administrative certificate, he became the assistant principal at Bow Lake Elementary in Highline. After three years, he became the principal at Bow Lake and has remained as Bow Lake’s principal for the past seven years. Mr. Neufeld lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.