In addition to working with as a coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy, Jim Kistner has recently served as a school improvement facilitator in the Yakima School District, a NAAS accreditation team leader in north central Washington, and as a school performance review team member for OSPI.
Throughout his long career, finding ways to engage students in deep and meaningful learning has been at the center of Jim’s efforts—and at the heart of his own learning. Kistner graduated from the University of Washington in 1969 and began his teaching career at the Odenwaldschule, an international school located near Heidelberg, Germany. After returning to the United States, Jim taught English and humanities at Liberty Bell High School in the Methow Valley for ten years and taught English at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma for four years.
Kistner graduated from Seattle University in 1990 with his administrator’s credentials and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. He then worked as an assistant principal and later as principal of Meridian High School near Bellingham. During that time, he continued his graduate studies in education at the University of Washington and, in 2000, became principal of Sehome High School in Bellingham where he retired after five years’ service.
Since retiring to Twisp, Washington, in 2005, Jim has led accreditation teams for the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, worked as a principal coach with administrators in several northeastern Washington schools, and served as a school improvement facilitator in the Yakima School District.