Hello Mattson Families and welcome to the 2021-2022 school year.
My name is Janine Etier and I am the new principal at Mattson Middle School. I have sat one office over in the Assistant Principal role for the past 6 years, so I have been a Mustang for a little bit now. It is my honor to welcome you all to the family!
I have absolutely loved working in the Kent School District and being able to give back to the community members and families that we serve. I came to Kent from Auburn and Yakima before that, where I worked as an English/Language Arts and Reading teacher. I absolutely love how working in an administrative position allows me to get to know more of my students and helped them feel pride in who they are and what they bring to the table.
At Mattson Middle School, we have a positive, supportive, and safe learning environment where all students can learn. Here at Mattson, we all follow the 3Rs—Be Ready, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Middle school is a time of navigating independence and pushing the envelope and we love to support our students in their new endeavors, while also teaching them how to interact with their peers and the adults in their lives. Academics are always of the utmost importance, but we know we working on educating the whole brain child. We ensure that we are always asking ourselves, “and how are the children?” when thinking about our collaborative work as a staff. We are preparing our kiddos for high school AND beyond—whatever that path looks like for them—and we want to be an integral part of that path.
I am beyond excited to continue to work with my amazing staff and students and to foster a strong partnership with our families and community members.
Let’s have a great year back!