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Dessie Evans Elementary!
Dessie Evans Elementary!
Posted on 04/03/2018
Dessie Evans Elementary!

We are pleased to announce the Puyallup School Board voted unanimously on April 2 to name the new elementary school Dessie Evans Elementary.

The new school is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019. Construction began in late March.

The school board said they are honored to choose a name for the new elementary, and the decision was made after many conversations with the community. “These are all great names, and the people that were nominated are deserving and have impacted our community. We want to honor each one of them,” said Puyallup School Board President Kathy Yang.

Dessie Evan

Director Chris Ihrig said, “Her impact on our community has been significant. Her touch as an educator has lifted the profession that positively changed the lives of countless students and families.”

Evans began teaching at Kalles Junior High in 1975. She retired in 2008, and was a substitute teacher in the district until 2011. In 2008 she was named Puyallup School District Teacher of the Year. Evans is described as a woman of character and integrity—a masterful teacher in the classroom who realizes that a ‘one option’ approach will not serve every learner.

The naming committee recommended Dessie Evans, along with six other names, to the Puyallup School Board for consideration. In the recommendation they wrote, “Dessie Evans was a remarkable educator and teacher. Not only was she a phenomenal teacher but more importantly she is a phenomenal human being that stands for so many positive attributes: integrity, courage, persistence, dedication, and doing the right thing. To name the school after her would be an influence and impact on others. She has touched so many lives in a positive fashion.”

The name was selected per District Policy and Regulation 6970, Naming School Sites, Public Spaces Within, and Public Areas.  To be considered the name must represent geographical characteristics of the area in which the facility is to be located, or be named after persons who have attained local, state and/or national significance and prominence, and have not been directly affiliated with or employed by the Puyallup School District for a minimum of five years prior to the date of nomination. 

Housed on 17 acres of land the school will be one of the largest elementary schools in the state. With capacity to serve more than 1,000 students, the school will be 110,000 square feet with 44 home rooms. The educational specifications describe a comprehensive elementary school curriculum that supports the diverse needs of the students as well as creating a collegial and collaborative environment for teachers, parents, and students.

Thank you to the many community members who submitted potential names for the new elementary school and provided input at the community forums.