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May 12, 2021

Leadership Announcements for 2021-2022 School Year

We're excited to announce new school principals and other new district leaders for the 2021-22 school year. This story will be updated. Check back for updates.

Meet Canyon View Elementary's Next Principal

Canyon View Elementary's next principal is a familiar face in the Kennewick School District (KSD). 

Cathy Guajardo, who’s currently serving as an assistant principal at Chinook Middle School, has been selected to take over for Mark Stephens, who’s retiring at the end of the school year.

"I am thrilled to have been chosen to lead Canyon View's school community and to support our students, staff and families,” Guajardo said.

She’s been an assistant principal at Chinook Middle School since 2016.

Before that, she worked as a district instructional coach and taught at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School and Cascade Elementary. She joined KSD in 1997.

“We are excited to have Cathy Guajardo as the new principal at Canyon View Elementary,” said Rob Phillips, assistant superintendent of elementary education. “Her many years of successful experience as an elementary teacher, GLAD coach and building administrator make her a perfect fit for our elementary team.”

Guajardo has a master’s degree in professional development from Heritage University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Washington University. She’s a National Board Certified Teacher, Project GLAD consultant and trainer, and Google Certified Teacher. She holds a principal certification from Heritage University.

Meet Our Next Special Services Director

An experienced autism and behavior specialist who’s spent the last 11 years working with Kennewick School District students will be our district’s next director of special services. Lexie Buschbach starts July 1, taking over for Becca Anderson.

“I feel incredibly honored to have been chosen to lead our Special Services Department, and I look forward to meeting the needs of our differently-abled students alongside our amazing special education staff,” Buschbach said.

Buschbach holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction: applied behavior analysis from Arizona State University and a principal certification from Washington State University. She’s a board-certified behavior analyst and a non-violent crisis intervention instructor. 

She’s worked with KSD students since 2010, and before that worked for the state Division of Developmental Disabilities and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“Lexie’s knowledge of Special Services programs, her ability to problem-solve and collaborate to address challenging learning situations, and her vision for the Special Services Department have made her highly respected within the department and beyond,” said Matt Scott, assistant superintendent of curriculum, assessment and professional development. “We are excited to have Lexie continue to provide expertise and leadership in her new role.”