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Principal's Message

  • Hello SMS Families,

    It is my pleasure to greet you as next year’s new principal at Spanaway Middle School.  I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful community and I am looking forward to meeting everyone.  I had the opportunity to meet with many of the staff members last week, and also met some students as well.  It is truly an honor to serve as the instructional leader of such a great school.

    The Bethel School District has been our home since my two boys began school 15 years ago.  I have a 2015 graduate of Graham Kapowsin High School and a sophomore currently attending.  Our experience in this district has been positive for our family.  I would like to ensure your experience is as special and positive as ours.

    For the past 7 years I have been fortunate to be an elementary principal in the Tumwater School District.  Additionally, I have been an assistant principal, instructional facilitator K-12, curriculum coordinator and most importantly a teacher in the Orting School District.  These valuable experiences have led to my core belief that all students need to feel connected.  Providing a supportive environment where students experience academic and social growth is my priority, and I will work to achieve a balance of high expectations and rigor while still allowing kids to be kids.

    I take great pride in my commitment to the students’ needs and their learning environment.  I have already witnessed Spanaway Middle School as an inviting place where positive, lifelong experiences are being made.  I will be consistent in expressing my gratitude to our teachers by consistently encouraging and supporting their hard work and dedication to students.

    I am excited to be a part of your child’s team.  This team includes staff, parents, and administrators all working together toward one common goal, student success.

    Please feel free to stop by for a visit in August.  I look forward to meeting you all.  Thank you for sharing your children with Spanaway Middle School!

    Shannon Leatherwood


High School & Beyond Planning

  • ATTENTION 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Guardians 

    GEARUP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), supports our students to start planning in middle school for college and career readiness and completing their degrees.  The following links provide information to students and their families of postsecondary options, preparation, and finances.

    Click here for more information.


    Have you completed the COLLEGE BOUND Application for your 7th or 8th Grade Student?  If not, please contact our office so we can assist you!

Contact Us

  • Spanaway Middle School
    15701 B Street East
    Tacoma, WA 98445

    Phone:  253.683.5400
    Fax:  253.683.5498


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