Intro to your Principal:

My name is Tera Coyle and I have been in the Issaquah School District (ISD) for 16 years. Of those 16 years I have been a 5th grade teacher and Dean of Students at Challenger Elementary and a principal at Discovery and Creekside for the past 13 years! Prior to Issaquah, I taught in Wisconsin, Oregon and in other districts in Washington. I have taught everything from 2nd grade through 8th grade (math). I have two amazing adult children: Forest (27) and Morgan (26). I live in the ISD community and feel very invested in our district personally and professionally. I love my job and look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Intro to our Elementary 16 ISD Core Team:


Current School:

Current Teaching Position:

Allison King


Instructional Coach

Mrs. King’s favorite thing about her job is... Helping teachers feel safe to take risks and grow to support their kiddos!

Julianna McDowell



Mrs. McDowell’s favorite thing about her job is... Connecting with students during stories. I love, love, LOVE to hear them make connections between characters and their own lives.

Neal Pollock


5th Grade

Mr. Pollock’s favorite thing about his job is... Each year is a fresh start with new individuals with unique needs. The job is ever evolving. And it's always, always, always about the kids!

Laura Saiki


5th Grade

Ms. Saiki’s favorite thing about her job is... My favorite part of my job is supporting student growth throughout the school year! It's so rewarding to see students notice their hard work helped them achieve their goals!

Molly Shade


1st Grade

Ms. Shade’s favorite thing about her job is..Witnessing substantial growth of human beings firsthand. Not many people can say that they watch children learn how to read, lose their first tooth, build their first friendships, write their first full story, etc. SOOO MUCH GROWTH AT THIS AGE and it's so special to be part of it!

Katie Wright

Grand Ridge

4th Grade

Mrs. Wright’s favorite thing about her job is... I love figuring out what gets students excited to learn both inside and outside of school.

Tera Coyle



My favorite thing about my job is... Getting to know the kids and seeing them excited about learning something new or improving a skill they've been working hard to improve.