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Board member excited about learning new role

Superintendent Michelle Reid administered the oath of office to Rebecca Diehl, the school board
Superintendent Michelle Reid administered the oath of office to Rebecca Diehl, the school board's newest director.
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For the past three years, Rebecca Diehl has attended many school board meetings in the South Kitsap School District. One year ago, she had no idea she would be on the board.

But on Dec. 4, Diehl was sworn in as the newest member to the SKSD’s board of directors. Diehl assumes the District 4 seat from Kathryn Simpson who decided not to seek re-election for another four-year term.

Diehl, 44, was sworn in by Superintendent Michelle Reid.

The school volunteer and stay-at-home mom said Simpson approached her a few years ago about running for the school board.

“I thought about it and decided to run earlier this year,” Diehl said.

For the next several months, Diehl said she’ll feel like she’s in college.

“There is so much to learn and so much to read,” she said. “I want to come in and learn.”

Diehl said her experience with the school district has been excellent.

“I don’t feel like I’m coming in trying to fix things, but I do want to contribute and to continue it,” she said. “I feel like I am an asset. I have an excellent life and I pursue excellence.”

Diehl said she was comfortable with taking her spot on the board.

“I feel very comfortable because I’ve been at board meetings and have been involved for a long time,” said Diehl.

She said the responsibility of the position hasn’t “sunk in” yet.

“There is a lot of study to do and a lot of leaning to do,” said Diehl. “I’m excited about learning about my job.”

Diehl said over the past 20 years, she’s been preparing herself for an opportunity such as serving on a school board.

“I seek a vision for my family, for my sons and my accountability is my husband and my community,” she said.

Diehl said she brings hope to the board as well as encouragement.

“I can find what’s true and good,” she said. “I don’t get down and focus on the negatives. It’s ‘What can we do?’ and ‘How are we going to work with this?’”

Diehl said she sets visions and goals.

“I accomplish my goals,” she said. “I’m very hard working and relentless. If it doesn’t work, you try something else. You don’t do the same thing over and over.”

Diehl said sometimes issues will come to her because her sons attend school in the district.

“Now it has a different light and a different weight,” said Diehl. “I’m not there to throw weight around, I want to go through the proper channels and the chain of command.”

The new director said she’s able to adapt to changes.

“My kids change every six months, so I’ve been able to adapt, ” Diehl said.

Diehl said she believes in accountability and wants to be accountable.

“I want to pay close attention because of accountability,” she said. “I think accountability is amazing. I think it’s good. We all want to be excellent. So we’re accountable to the excellence.”

As the board’s Legislative representative, Diehl said she’s excited about going to Olympia and learning. She will be working with a representative from the Washington State School Directors Association, along with area state representatives and senators.

“We’re going down to meet our legislators in January, but I’m going down before that,” Diehl said. “I want to know where I can make the most difference. Olympia sends things to us, so we need to influence Olympia as best we can for what our school district needs.”

Diehl said her agenda would be to bring hope and encouragement to the district for the future.

“The future is bright and we can come together, be creative and conform to whatever is new, to whatever is next,” she said.

Diehl was born in San Diego, Calif., and graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, Calif. She attended Grossmont Community College and she plans to complete her degree in the future.

Diehl and her husband, John, have four boys, Eric, 19; Todd, 17; Jared, 14, and Nathan, 11.

She has worked as a bookkeeper and personal fitness trainer.

Diehl served on the district’s Instructional Materials Committee during the 2012-13 school year.

 

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