Administrative Team

Meet your Stanwood High School administrative team for the 2023-2024 school year!

Stanwood Spartans are united in cultivating character, modeling respect, teaching leadership, and connecting to the community.

Mike Washington, principal

Principal Mike Washington

Mr. Mike Washington has worked in public education since 2010, quickly becoming an instructional leader — training staff in new highly effective teaching strategies, implementing educational practices aligned with School Improvement Plans, and mentoring new administrators. Mr. Washington intentionally sought out the principalship at Stanwood High School to serve a community enriched with tradition. He started in the role on July 1, 2023, and he believes his skills and experience will support SHS now and into the future. 

He has served as teacher, coach, and high school administrator. Since joining Cascade High School in Everett in 2019 as assistant principal/athletic director, he has led teachers to improve programs and processes, accommodating students to reach academic success, and problem-solving to create new procedures with outstanding results. 

Mr. Washington has helped establish an on-time graduation team to support students stay on schedule to earn their diploma, and he has led efforts to reduce and address harassment, intimidation and bullying. Additionally, Mr. Washington has directed schoolwide safety and security programs, the Equity Team, Advanced Placement Assessment Coordinator, and the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) program — all of which help to remove barriers students may face as they work toward graduation. 

Mr. Washington retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 20 years of service before launching his teaching career. He also holds a Master’s degree and Principal certification from Seattle Pacific University, a Special Education teaching endorsement from Seattle Pacific University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Washington is passionate about students, staff, people, and learning.    

He lives in Burlington with his wife, Rebecca Washington, and they have two grown sons and a daughter-in-law.

E-mail: [email protected]


Tom Wilfong, assistant principal 

(Student last name A-K)

More coming soon

E-mail: [email protected]


Corie Gudgeon, assistant principal

(Students last name L-Z)

Corie GudgeonCorie Gudgeon joined our team July 1, 2023, from Sedro-Woolley High School where she served as an Assistant Principal and the Career & Technical Education (CTE) director. Prior to that, she served as a high school teacher, coach, and club adviser as well as held a variety of education and leadership roles at Everett Public Schools for 19 years.

Corie grew up in Stanwood where she attended Stanwood-Camano schools from kindergarten through senior year and graduated from Stanwood High in 1996. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health/Fitness Education and a Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Sports Management from Central Washington University. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from University of Washington Bothell, and a Master’s degree in Education and Curriculum from Antioch University in Seattle.

She is exceptionally strong and well-versed in instructional practices, inclusive practices, and ways to elevate and navigate issues of race and equity. During her career she has maintained a focus on providing high quality education opportunities to help all students be prepared for the future of their choice.

Corie lives in Stanwood with her husband, Mike Gudgeon and they have two sons.

 E-mail: [email protected]

Ross Short, Career and Technical Education (CTE) director

More coming soon

E-mail: [email protected]

Lauren Amundson, districtwide athletic director/SHS ASB and activities director

Lauren Amundson

Lauren Amundson started as the districtwide Athletic Director & SHS ASB/Activities Director on July 1, 2023.

Lauren graduated from Stanwood High School in 2003 as class valedictorian. She earned 10 varsity letters in 3 sports — volleyball, basketball, and tennis, and was an active member of FBLA and National Honor Society. 

Post high school, Lauren set records on the volleyball team at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. She began a stellar volleyball coaching career at Bryant University in Rhode Island as a graduate assistant while earning her Masters of Business Administration. She then served as head volleyball coach at Stonehill College in Massachusetts and at Marist College in New York.

In 2016, Lauren was inducted into the Stanwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Following coaching stops at Western Washington University and rival Arlington, she became the Athletic Secretary at Stanwood High School. While at Stanwood High, she created a Study Hall program for student-athletes, streamlined parent sport meetings, launched Stanwood Athletics social media platforms, helped add a digital sports ticketing service, and created an empowering youth sports clinic around National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

Lauren is constantly and professionally communicating the school, district and league mission and values with student-athletes, families, and coaches to provide the tools and supports for everyone to be successful.

Go Spartans!

E-mail: [email protected]