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Cordata leadership update

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear Cordata families,

I want to share a leadership update with you. During a staff meeting today, we announced Dr. Craig Baldwin has been selected as Cordata Elementary School’s new principal beginning next school year and Eva Warner Chazo will be Cordata’s assistant principal. Please keep reading to learn more about Cordata’s new leaders.

Dr. Baldwin has been the principal of Blaine Elementary School since 2010. He was assistant principal of Madrona K-8 School in Edmonds from 2005-2010. Prior to that he taught grades 4-6 starting in 1996 at Lake Stevens School District before moving to Edmonds School District in 1999.

Dr. Baldwin has a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Central Washington University, a master’s degree in teaching from Whitworth College and a doctorate in educational administration from Seattle University. He earned his superintendent certification from Western Washington University in 2017.

Dr. Baldwin has 25 years of experience as both a teacher and administrator. He is a service-oriented leader that is dedicated to supporting all students and staff. He believes in building trusting relationships and providing opportunities for all students to discover and develop their passions. He and his wife live in Bellingham and have children who attend Happy Valley Elementary, and his wife works as a teacher in our district.

Eva Warner Chazo joined Bellingham Public Schools as a Special Education teacher at both Fairhaven Middle School and Happy Valley Elementary School in 2014. Since then, she has been located at Fairhaven as a Special Education teacher, AVID teacher and site coordinator. From 2005 to 2014, Ms. Warner Chazo was a Special Education teacher at both the middle and high school level in North Carolina.

Ms. Warner Chazo will earn her administrative certificate from Western Washington University in June 2021. She has a master’s degree in Special Education from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in English/Language Arts from North Carolina State University.

This past year, she was part of the Promise Tomorrow administrative work team, developing and supervising a districtwide enrichment program for students. Ms. Warner Chazo believes in listening to the needs of students, families and staff to work together to create systems that best benefit learners.

I would like to thank the interview team, which consisted of Cordata and district staff.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Baldwin and Ms. Warner Chazo on their new positions. We wish all the best for principal Julie van Wijk in her new role at Lynden School District and assistant principal Sarah Walker in her new role at Lowell Elementary School.

Greg Baker