Dennis began his educational career in 1974 with the Richland School District as an elementary teacher for ten years. He spent two years on the Pullman campus working on his doctorate and teaching undergraduates in education. Dennis then took an elementary principalship in Walla Walla in 1986 and spent two years as the district’s special education director. In 1993, Dennis moved to the Oak Harbor School District as the elementary program director for six years. Dennis returned home to Pasco as the associate superintendent in 1999, where he retired in 2011.
Dennis earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his teaching credentials for Eastern Washington University. He earned his administrative credentials and his Ph.D. from Washington State University. Dennis was awarded the Student Achievement Leadership Recognition from ESD 123 SEWASA.
Since retiring, Dennis has been consulting with districts and schools in the improvement process. Currently, he is coaching principals in three districts with OSPI’s Student and School Success program.