Get to Know 123

On this page: 

  • Our Mission
  • District and Service Region
  • Leadership
  • Policies and Procedures
  • ESD 123 School Directory (Revised Annually)
  • Annual Employee Events
  • Sidebar: One Team Homepage (Intranet)
  • Sidebar: All Staff Meetings 2022-2023
  • Quick links you'll need to do your job

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    Our Mission

    ESD 123 Mission Statement:  One Team...Helping all students realize their dreams and aspirations...We are ESD 123!

    Culture Playbook

    Our culture is the heart of our educational service district. It makes ESD 123 a special place to learn and work, and it give us a unique advantage. Building and sustaining our culture requires intentional effort from everyone in agency. The culture playbook is part of that effort. 

    Get the Culture Playbook here.
    See the Culture Playbook Belief-Behavior-Outcome Chart.

    Strategic Direction

    Our Strategic Direction is a formal document that outlines the goals and objectives of the agency. This document is established by the Superintendent and Board of Directors.

    See the ESD 123 Strategic Direction document here.   

    Purpose of Educational Service Districts

    Districts and Service Region

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    ESD 123 supports 23 school districts in Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, and Walla Walla counties

    • Asotin-Anatone
    • Clarkston
    • College Place
    • Columbia
    • Dayton
    • Dixie
    • Finley
    • Kahlotus
    • Kennewick
    • Kiona-Benton City
    • North Franklin
    • Othello
    • Pasco
    • Paterson
    • Pomeroy
    • Prescott
    • Prosser
    • Richland
    • Star
    • Starbuck
    • Touchet
    • Waitsburg
    • Walla Walla

    ESD 123 Regional Map


    Board of Directors

    organization chart iconOur Board consists of nine members. Board members are elected to a staggered four-year term. Board meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

    Learn more about the ESD 123 Board of Directors.


    Learn more about ESD 123 Superintendent Steve McCullough by visiting our Superintendentā€™s Office webpage.

    Department Directors

    View our full ESD 123 Organization Chart on Pingboard here.


    • Kristi Hofheins, Assistant Superintendent
    • Kaylee Bolt, Director of Human Resources
    • Molly Curtiss, Director of Communications 
    • Chris Ryckman, Director of Technology

    Fiscal: Cal Brodie, Interim Executive Director of Finance & Operations

    Teaching & Learning: Molly Hamaker-Teals, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning

    • Keeley Gant, Director of Career and Technical Education
    • Dr. Jennifer Cowgill, Director of Language Acquisition

    Student Services: Kendra Palomarez, Executive Director of Student Services

    • Margarita Alaman, 21st Century Program Director
    • Chuck Fleming, Candy Mountain Academy Director
    • Leslie Stahlnecker, School Health Administrator
    • Dana Camarena, Director of Student Support
    • Melanie Olson, TC Futures Director
    • Lupe Mota, Migrant Education Program Administrator
    Special Services: Dr. Craig Bailey, Executive Director of Special Services
    • Kellie Musick, Director of B-3 Early Intervention Services
    Early Learning: Dr. Matt Bona, Executive Director of Early Learning
    • Heather Pearson, Director of ECEAP


    Policies and Procedures

    The ESD Policies and Procedures guide our operations. Personnel policies, including leave and calendaring, are in the 5000 series.

    Annual Employee Events

    balloons and streamersAll Staff Day

    The ESD 123 Annual All Staff Day is held in September. All staff are expected to attend. This is your chance to meet and visit with colleagues from other sites as we all come together for a variety of workshops & an employee benefit fair, when offered.

    Spirit Week

    Spirit Week is an opportunity for our ESD 123 One Team to come together for merriment, everywhere our work takes us. Since 2012, we have held themed outfit days during the week of Halloween. Each day there will be a different theme and opportunities to share photos out.  This event qualifies towards a Well Day off.  Learn more about the Balance Program and earning a Well Day off here. 

    Annual Summer Picnic

    Employees and their families are invited to attend the annual ESD 123 picnic each summer to celebrate the hard work they have done throughout the year. Be sure to bring the whole family for BBQ, games for kids, music, and fun activities!

    The annual picnic is paid for by the ESD 123 Staff Fund. You can learn more about the Staff Fund here. Thank you to all who contribute to the Staff Fund!

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