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Rainer Houser, Academy Coach

Rainer Houser is a district coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy. With over 40 years in education, his diverse positions have created a wealth of experiences for him to share as a coach. They also have reinforced his belief that all things are possible, and that each student deserves the best our talents can provide.

Graduating from Pacifi c Lutheran University in 1964, Rainer assumed a social science and humanities teaching position at Puyallup High School, which evolved into being the department chair for 16 years in the Puyallup School District. These experiences led to a master's degree from Washington State University and, later, an interest in administration—acquiring certification from Western Washington University.

Rainer's first administrative positions were as assistant principal then principal of W.F. West High School in the Chehalis School District. Following these positions, he served for seven years in the role of planning principal for merging Woodway and Edmonds High Schools into a single entity and building a new campus that reflected the teaching and learning concepts embedded in Washington's education reform. He then joined the Association of Washington School Principals where he served as director of governmental relations and later as associate executive director for principal leadership.

From 2005–09, Rainer served as superintendent of Ocean Beach School District, focusing the district on academic achievement, budget sustainability, and construction administration of three buildings.