Trevor Greene, Yakima School District

2/27/2020 12:02 PM

Location: Yakima Convention Center

As a principal, Trevor Greene led unprecedented success in a high school of 99 percent poverty on the Yakima Indian Reservation.  His students realized a near 95 percent graduation rate and a 67 percent increase in state science scores, while staff achieved successful implementation of a nationally certified engineering and biomedical programs.  Subsequently, he was selected by his colleagues as the Washington State High School Principal of the Year and is the only principal from the Pacific Northwest, and first Native American, to be recognized as the National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  Following this honor, which included presentations nationwide and meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, Mr. Greene completed the first fellowship sponsored by Association of Washington School Principals and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

At the district-level, Mr. Greene led in a large urban district, adjacent to Seattle, where over 100 languages are spoken over five communities.  His work supervising principals led to the largest graduation rate increase in 10 years.  In addition, his partnership efforts resulted in both the establishment of a bilingual teacher pipeline for instructional assistants to become teachers and a dual-language principal program for teachers to become administrators — only the second of its kind in the United States.  Mr. Greene’s leadership proactively also addressed “equity in hiring” practices and systemic recruitment efforts, resulting in an almost 30 percent increase in employing diverse, high-quality teaching staff. 

Trevor believes that, “The greatest treasures of our families and community are those who enter our buildings and classrooms each day, on loan to us. It is our honor to partner in the journey of our students, encourage their dreams, and help each to discover the greatness within.  Our charge, as educators, is to give students our best and assure that each has an adult advocate – someone to listen, understand, support, and inspire…someone to know them by name, strength, and need.”

Trevor has strong ties to Yakima and the state.  After growing up in the Lower Valley though middle school, he graduated from Davis High School in 1986 and then returned to teach at Wilson Middle School and Eisenhower High School for a total of 11 years.  Trevor was named Alumnus of the Year for the College of Education at Central Washington University in 2013, served as an adjunct professor for Western Washington University, graduated a WSU Cougar with his superintendent certification, and currently attends the University of Washington, where he is halfway through completion of his doctorate program.