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Bainbridge Island School District announces its new Career and Technical Education Director and its new Director of Teaching & Learning

New Directors

BISD is pleased to announce it has selected two outstanding individuals to join the District Office: Lesha Engles will fill the role of Career and Technical Education Director and Whitney Skarbek will serve as the Director of Teaching & Learning. They both bring impressive track records and will be instrumental in positively impacting the student experience at BISD.  


Engles has served as the Executive Director of Communications & Digital Strategy for the Issaquah School District for three and a half years. Before taking on that role, she was the school district’s Career and Technical Education & Secondary STEM Director for more than four years. During her tenure, student enrollment in CTE programs at Issaquah School District increased by 25%. Her previous experience also includes serving as the College & Career Readiness Director for Peninsula School District as well as a classroom teacher for both Seattle Public Schools and Issaquah School District. The interview team was impressed with Engles’s deep knowledge of CTE programming as well as her ability to develop meaningful relationships with community & industry partners, students and staff members. 


Since 2021, Skarbek has served as principal of x̌alilc Elementary, where, among other things, she has effectively and efficiently led the school, been instrumental in delivering staff professional development, and, following the renaming of the school, has established a collaborative relationship with the Suquamish Tribe. Prior to leading at x̌alilc, Skarbek was a Differentiation Specialist focusing on academic intervention, delivering highly capable services and providing instruction to English language learners. Skarbek also taught first grade for a number of years and served on a number of district committees, including the Instructional Materials Committee. The interview team was impressed with her student-centered approach and collaborative leadership style. 


Both Engles and Skarbek will assume their new roles on July 1, 2024. With Skarbek’s move to the District Office, BISD will soon initiate the search for the next principal of x̌alilc Elementary.