Puyallup School District Superintendent Tim Yeomans has been recognized with a national Excellence
in Educational Leadership Award.
At the August 3 Puyallup School Board meeting, University of
Washington (UW) College of Education representatives presented Yeomans
with a framed award certificate and thanked him for his educational
The UW is part of The University Council for Educational
Administration (UCEA) — a consortium of higher education institutions
across the country.
In a letter of congratulations to Yeomans, the university explained
he was selected for the national award because of his “ongoing
commitment to leadership development for aspiring school and district-level leaders.”
Each year, the UCEA invites
member university faculties to nominate “a distinguished school
administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school
administrator preparation efforts” for the leadership award.
During the award presentation, UW Director of the Danforth Leadership
Program Ann O’Doherty thanked Yeomans for helping to recruit educators
for UW and other universities in the region.
“He is really interested in making sure that we have very strong pipelines of leaders in this area,” she said.
O’Doherty also thanked him for contributing to the university’s
curriculum development and for his day-to-day work, which she said “is a
model for our students who are preparing to be both system-level
leaders and school-level leaders.”
Rob MacGregor, associate director for the university’s Leadership for
Learning Program, added, “Dr. Yeomans really exemplifies what it means
to grow leadership.”
MacGregor noted that Yeomans serves on a professional education
advisory board with the Learning for Leadership Program. “His
perspective is really valued and has contributed to significant changes
in the program,” he said. “We thank him for all he does on behalf of the
kids around the state of Washington.”
Brieanne Hull, program manager for the university’s Leadership for
Learning Program, also attended the August 3 award presentation.
Yeomans has served as Puyallup School District superintendent since
2012. He came to Puyallup from the Meridian School District in
Since coming to Puyallup, Yeomans has worked to align instructional
programs with the necessary resources and create lasting partnerships
with institutions of higher learning to provide meaningful
post-secondary educational opportunities for each child.
Earlier in his career, Yeomans held leadership positions at the
district level and served as a high a school principal, a teacher, a
student leadership advisor, a coach, and an athletic director.
In addition to his role as superintendent in Puyallup, Yeomans
instructs graduate students aspiring to become school and district
leaders at Pacific Lutheran University and Washington State University
He has served on professional education advisory boards for
educational leadership programs at UW, UW Bothell campus, and Western
Washington University. He also participates in leadership work with the
Washington Association of School Administrators.
Yeomans earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from WSU and his
doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from UW.