New Lake Stevens school leader has decades with the district

Ken Collins has been chosen to take over when Superintendent Amy Beth Cook retires in June.

Ken Collins

Ken Collins

LAKE STEVENS — When Superintendent Amy Beth Cook retires in June, she’ll pass the torch to someone else with a long history in the Lake Stevens School District.

Ken Collins has been chosen as the next superintendent. He has worked in the district for 31 years, according to a news release.

He started as a high school teacher in Lake Stevens and Marysville. He later became principal of Lake Stevens High School, and then assistant superintendent of human resource services for the district.

About two years ago he was hired as the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. He also has worked as a high school athletics coach.

Collins earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, master’s degree from Central Washington University and doctorate from the University of Washington.

A contract for his new position has yet to be finalized. He is set to begin in July.

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