Bremerton School District News
For West Hills STEM Academy Families
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Teneka Morley-Short to lead West Hills STEM Academy
Hello West Hills Family!
We are pleased to introduce you to your new principal for the 2022-23 school year!
Teneka Morley-Short has accepted the position of principal at West Hills STEM Academy.
Ms. Morley has been a part of the Crownhill family for 28 years as a teacher, parent, coach, and as principal for the last 9 years.
“Teneka is a dedicated, compassionate leader who is committed to the Bremerton School District and Bremerton community,” said Brittane DeBard, BSD Director of Elementary Education.
Ms. Morley believes that child deserves to have all of their dreams within reach, and believes that educators can change the world, one kindness at a time.
“I am honored to have been given an opportunity to lead a new school community where I can share the lessons I have learned from Crownhill and continue to grow as a leader,” said Ms. Morley.
Ms. Morley earned her Master’s degree in education LEDE (school leadership) at the University of Washington, her Master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction from City University, and her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho.
Ms. Morley has three grown sons and in her free time, she enjoys family, boating, traveling, and reading.
A letter from Ms. Morley
Dear West Hills STEM Community,
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I am writing to you today as your incoming principal. I have been a member of the Bremerton School District Family for almost thirty-years and during that time I have served as a teacher, coach and principal. Throughout the last several years I have watched West Hills STEM grow into the strong school that it is today and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such persevering students, dedicated staff and supportive families. As we transition West Hills STEM Academy into a PK-5 school, we will keep the rich traditions that are in place and build some new ones to carry us into the future.
For the past 9 years, I have been the proud principal of Crownhill Elementary. I have enjoyed all of my time serving our Huskies and now I am ready for a new adventure. My husband and I have lived in the Kitsap area for the past 29 years and we raised 3 boys who are now grown and have flown from the nest. This community is our home and we are committed to Bremerton. We enjoy spending time with family and friends along with a little bit of traveling and also enjoying all our beautiful area has to offer.
A little about my values. I believe in kindness, safety and dignity for all. I will work to ensure that everyone feels a part of something special at West Hills. I know that our students are capable of greatness! Our role is to work together to help them gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to soar towards their dreams. I look forward to getting to know you, the West Hills Community, and building a partnership that ensures that every child in our school has every opportunity to show their greatness.
It is a GREAT day to be a Griffin!
Please feel free to email me with any questions or call me at (360) 473-4202.
The Bremerton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Garth Steedman at 360.473.1031 or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh at 360.473.4400. Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.