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Dr. John Lombardi Joins Riverview as New Director of Teaching, Learning, and School Leadership

Riverview School District is excited to welcome Dr. John Lombardi to Riverview. Dr. Lombardi will serve as the new Director of Teaching, Learning, and School Leadership, effective August 1, 2023.

From his initial days as a high school teacher and football and cheerleading coach, to serving in an Assistant Principal and Principal role, and eventually becoming Superintendent with Muckleshoot Tribal Schools in 2017, Dr. Lombardi brings three decades of education experience to his new role, placing mentoring and leadership at the core of his work. Recently, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Washington University.

“I believe in public schools and the difference a unified and collaborative approach by district leadership, the school board, community, staff and students can make in our schools,” he shares.

Over the course of a decade with Everett Public Schools, Dr. Lombardi developed and provided oversight to ASB and activities programs as an Assistant Principal, while also orchestrating school-wide programs which addressed multicultural issues, anti-bullying awareness, and training in leadership with staff and students.

Serving as a high school and middle school principal in Marysville School District, he led Arts and Technology High School and Tenth Street Middle School, a magnet school focused on instrumental music. Dr. Lombardi was a catalyst in creating the school’s mission, focus, and identity, while implementing continuous school improvement plans and further integrated Advancement Placement (AP) and honors courses into the curriculum.

As principal of Monroe High School from 2007-2017, Dr. Lombardi left a significant impact on school climate and culture, building community through celebrating student achievement, increasing the number of AP courses available, and helping make programs like College in the High School and University in the High School available to students. A believer in data-informed instruction, he directed the implementation of a professional development program that supported all teachers in the development, delivery, and assessment of academic programs within the school.

Additional emphasis was placed in implementing a Response to Intervention program for students who were struggling with their academics, while also successfully transitioning the school to new Washington State graduation requirements.

In 2017, he joined Muckleshoot Tribal Schools as their new Superintendent, after earning his Superintendent certification that same year from Western Washington University. Within three years, Dr. Lombardi made significant program changes that led to a 45% increase in On-Time Graduation Rate and increased enrollment. An ongoing commitment to building relationships led to renewed partnerships between Tribal Leadership, area businesses, and local and state community leaders. Significantly, his work in bringing restorative practices to the district has made a lasting impact by eliminating disproportionate suspension rates and improving school performance through collaboration with the Muckleshoot Department of Education and the Muckleshoot Early Learning and Muckleshoot College programs.

“I am incredibly grateful to the Riverview School Board and Dr. Leach for giving me this opportunity to join the Riverview team. I look forward to getting to know the Riverview students, families, and the communities that we serve. It is an honor to be joining a team of professionals who work tirelessly to create a learning environment that supports every student.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. John Lombardi to the Riverview School District as the new Director of Teaching, Learning, and School Leadership.


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