The retirement of a longtime NV educator paves the way for changes in the Nooksack Valley district office.
Cindy Stockwell moved into the Nooksack Valley Schools administrative office as the assistant superintendent in 2007 following a successful run as the principal of Nooksack Valley Middle School. Following the 2021-22 school year, Stockwell will retire from her role and superintendent Matt Galley named Sumas principal Megan Vigre to a key administrative position.
"Cindy has been invaluable to our district," Galley says. "Much of her work goes unnoticed by the community, but our teachers and principals rely on her perspective and expertise in curriculum, professional development, new teacher training and leadership."
Galley credits Stockwell's stability in helping the district office during both the pandemic and the transition in superintendent leadership.
With Kim McGee taking over the director of special education in recent years, Galley has named Vigre as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
"I am thrilled about my new role and am excited to work withs staff across the district,' Vigre says.
Galley says that Vigre has proven to be a successful, teacher, teacher-leader and administrator. "She is a system thinker and an organizer," he says. "We always say our work is about people, not programs, meaning we are looking to develop our teachers and leaders to be the best they can be, instead of implementing a program for improvement. Because of this, our teachers and principals really own the work. Promoting Megan ensures stability in the district as we continue to strive for improvement."