Meet the Associate Principal

Hello Dickinson Elementary and Explorer School Community,

I am grateful and excited to join our school community as the Associate Principal. I have heard so many wonderful things about Dickinson/Explorer and I am honored to become part of the family. Having had the opportunity to be a world traveler and teach around the world, I believe all students can succeed and do amazing work. This is evident at Dickinson/Explorer where we have an amazing school staff and families doing exceptional work.

At Franklin Elementary, I was a fifth-grade teacher and administrative intern. I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. I also have two Master’s degrees- a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in Teaching from Northwest University. Considering myself as a life-long learner, I obtained my Principal Certification in 2021 from Eastern Washington University. When I am not working, I am spending time with my family. My wife, Alison Staples, is a third grader teacher at Sandburg Elementary. Together we have four wonderful kids (2 daughters, 2 sons) from the ages of 16-6, as well as a Jindo dog, named Happy. We live in Kirkland and absolutely love our close-knit community. For fun, we enjoy paddleboarding, kayaking, playing sports, and being outdoors. When I am not spending time with family, I am coaching football at Juanita High School.

I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Associate Principal. Your partnership means the world to me. I have an open-door policy, so feel free to stop by the office. If you see me around, please say hello. I look forward to meeting you.


David Staples

David Staples and family