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Principal Joe Lapidus

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Joe Lapidus

Welcome to Chinook Elementary, home of the Wolf Pups!

I am honored to be principal at Chinook Elementary School. We have an awesome staff, great students and a wonderfully supportive family community.

I have worked in the field of education for the past 36 years. I received my undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University and a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University. I also earned a special education administrator’s credential from Central Washington University and my principal’s credential from Washington State University. I worked in the field of special education for many years as a teacher, outdoor educator and program administrator. Prior to coming to Chinook in 2003, I was principal at Hough Elementary School.

My vision for Chinook focuses on three core areas: high expectations (academic rigor and exemplary student behavior); community connections (families should feel welcome and involved and partnerships should be nurtured); and joy (“Every child should know some joy each day at school and look forward to some joyous event for the morrow.”). I am currently studying best practices in the areas of student data analysis, effective instructional strategies and utilizing technology as a powerful tool to communicate with our families.

On a personal note, I have two great sons. Zach, who graduated from Indiana University with a degree in jazz performance (piano), now is a full-time musician in New York City. My son Andrew graduated from Western Washington University and currently is living and working in Salzburg, Austria, as well as studying opera. For fun, I like to exercise, play banjo and guitar in a bluegrass band, read and go to the movies.

Please feel free to contact me at 360-313-1600 or


Joe Lapidus
Principal, Chinook Elementary

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From the principal: February 2016

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