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Principals chosen for Dessie Evans Elementary
Principals chosen for Dessie F. Evans Elementary
Posted on 04/04/2018
Principals chosen for Dessie F. Evans Elementary

In the fall of 2019 the doors will open to a brand new elementary school located on the southwest side of the district on 144th St. E. near 80th Ave. E. More than 1,000 students and staff will begin a journey—establishing a culture in their new school.

Dessie Evans ElementaryConstruction of the Dessie F. Evans Elementary began in late March. It won’t be long before community members notice the school building taking shape when they drive by.

Emerald Ridge High School Principal Kevin Hampton has been named principal of the new school. Hampton has spent many years as an elementary, junior high, and high school principal in the district.

Administrative Intern Kris Diamond, who teaches fifth grade at Brouillet Elementary, will be the assistant principal. Longtime educators in the Puyallup School District, Hampton and Diamond have worked together before, and they already know they will make a great team.

“What an honor to open a new school,” says Hampton. “We’re very excited because we have an opportunity to establish a culture and create a new system for serving the capacity of our students, families, and our community.”

Kevin Hampton and Kris Diamond
Hampton and Diamond both agree it’s all about the people. They share a philosophy of open communication with students, parents, community, and staff. Diamond said she and Hampton are committed to developing relationships. They plan to be visible and welcoming to all who visit the school. “Be present, be interactive, and do it with a purpose,” says Hampton.

As an educator, Diamond says it’s important to teach social, educational, and behavioral lessons. She believes in helping students learn positive behaviors—not necessarily consequences, but teaching to specific needs of each child.

Hampton and Diamond are both parents of school age children. They will use the same philosophy with students as they would with their own children.

They view the new elementary as an opportunity for a new beginning where they plan to develop systems and hire staff based on common core philosophies and beliefs. “It will be an opportunity to connect with all of our colleagues and bring the hopes and dreams that we all share into our school,” says Hampton.

“We have one chance in making a strong first impression
and we plan on hitting the mark.”
Dessie Evans Elementary Principal Kevin Hampton

Hampton began his career with the district as assistant principal at Rogers High School in 1998. Since then, he has served as principal at Emerald Ridge, Kalles, and Edgemont junior highs, and Hilltop, Meeker, and Carson elementary schools.

With 19 years in the district, Diamond has spent the majority as a special education teacher. She started her career at Kalles Junior High and has been an educator at Pope and Brouillet elementary schools. Her strengths include instructional leadership, building relationships, and a full understanding of special education.

Even though they are meeting monthly to identify schedules and planning for the new school, Hampton says his priority right now is finishing the year strong at Emerald Ridge. He will spend the first semester of 2018-19 on assignment at Hunt Elementary, and looks forward to learning the new technology recently installed, which will parallel the new elementary.

Dessie Evans Elementary will be one of the largest elementary schools in the state, with 44 homerooms and a capacity to hold 1,030 students.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It allows the district to replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, build a new elementary school, and add 12 classrooms to Hunt Elementary.

The new and replacement schools are intended to relieve overcrowding from continued enrollment growth in the district's elementary schools. With nearly 23,000 students Puyallup is the eighth largest school district in the state.