By: John Hay Partners | November 16, 2019

John Hay,

I am writing this letter in a completely bitter sweet manner. I have been given an opportunity to become the principal of a school here in Seattle, starting this Monday.  This is an exciting opportunity for my career in education.  I have been committed to the students and families of the Seattle Public Schools since I entered public education in 2007.  Therefore, when the opportunity became available for me to lead a building in our district, I accepted.  It was not without a heavy heart that I made this decision.  I have loved every day at John Hay since joining this community in 2015.  Whenever I have been asked to describe John Hay by family, friends, and acquaintances, I have bragged about how lucky I am to be a part of this wonderful and highly involved community of students, staff, and families.


Every experience I have had working with you has helped to shape me into the leader I am today, and I will be forever thankful of my time at John Hay.  While the chapter in my life as a Jaguar is ending today, I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities that lay ahead.  I will continue to glowingly share stories about John Hay Elementary in my new role.  Thank you again and know that your children are so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school.


Based on this notice, many of you may tell students about my sudden departure. This is not an ideal time to transition, and I completely understand.  I have worked to create a goodbye message to be shared at the assembly this Monday.  Additionally, you may have questions about the transition for John Hay.  Know that Principal Tami Beach is working with the district leadership and the building to acquire an assistant principal to replace my role as quickly as possible.  Feel free to contact her for any questions. Thank you again for everything and I will miss you.




Michael Berkenwald

Assistant Principal


Dotty Ewbank-Anderson

Posted on : November 16, 2019

Michael, you will be missed at Hay.
Congratulations and all things good to you as you begin this new chapter.

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