Joe Gorder grew up in Larkspur, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area and then attended the University of California
at Davis for his undergraduate degree. After graduating with a B.S. in Zoology from UC Davis, he earned his teaching certificate from California State University, Sacramento. In 1993, Joe moved to Kirkland and was hired at Eastlake High School where he taught science for 14 years. During that time, he earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. In 2007, Joe joined the LWSD New Teacher Support Program as a consulting teacher, serving as a mentor and providing support for teachers in their first two years of teaching. It was in this role that he worked at Juanita at least one day a week for 10 years as he mentored many new staff members. This spring, Joe earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and his principal certification from the University of Washington Bothell’s Leadership Development for Educators program.
Joe and his wife are proud parents of their son who will be graduating from high school in 2018. As a parent of a high school student, he is well aware of the pressure and stress experienced by many students. He is firmly committed to attending to the social and emotional needs of all students in addition to their academic needs to help ensure that every student finds their own success in high school. He could not be more thrilled to join the Juanita leadership team and to partner with students, parents, and staff in the coming years.