Entering her third year as principal for Raisbeck Aviation High School, Seattle native Therese Tipton brings more than18 years of education experience and 13 years of private industry experience to her role.
Therese received a double major from Washington State University in Education and Business Administration. She worked as the oversees production manager for a Northwest apparel manufacturer where she helped coordinate on-time delivery for over $5 million dollars per month in garment manufacturing.
Upon starting her family, Therese utilized this industry experience to transition into her role as Business Education teacher in the Puyallup area. There, she taught marketing, merchandising and management and was the DECA (Marketing Club) advisor. Her students received numerous national recognition competing in DECA events throughout the United States.
Therese was acknowledged with the Otis Spunkmeyer leadership award and Horace Mann Scholarship award. She went on to attain her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington and became an Assistant Principal and then Principal in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Her experience culminated with her school being recognized as an Arizona A+ School of Excellence. This prestigious award is given to schools who demonstrate excellence in academics, school culture and shared leadership.
Therese moved back to Seattle in 2016, where she was appointed as principal of Raisbeck Aviation High School. RAHS is one of the top five high schools in Washington, where teachers take pride in providing an innovative learning experience for students in the context of aviation and aerospace. As a Northwest native, Therese values immensely the great contribution that the local aviation and aerospace companies have made to RAHS along with the very important mentor and internship opportunities for the students. Therese has been married to her college sweetheart for 28 years and they are proud parents of four sons.