Lindsey Marquardt | PRINCIPAL
Lindsey Marquardt joined the Rocky Ridge Family in 2015, and has a unique professional background, in that she has worked with students and staffs from preschools to high schools.
Lindsey began her career in education as a para-professional in a Special Education classroom, while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. After earning her degree, she taught math and science at Illahee Middle School in Federal Way, which taught her the value of diversity, and shaped her belief that all students can learn when provided with the right supports. After her time as a teacher, she became a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) at the Federal Way district office. In this role, she supported 37 schools with instruction, and supported teachers and administrators during transition to the Common Core Standards. After earning her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, she was hired as an Assistant Principal at Bethel High School, where she worked with seniors, ensuring that they did everything possible to get them to graduation. "This work opened my eyes to the necessity of a strong foundation of literacy in the core subjects, and a love for the arts and learning."
Since becoming Principal of Rocky Ridge Elementary in 2015, she has made many changes to our school, both aesthetic and academic, and has implemented systems that have resulted in tremendous growth. Ask her about our multi-tiered systems of support for both academics and social-emotional learning. Through PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) and an academic intervention called W.I.N. (What I Need), Rocky Ridge is a school on the rise!
A few of Mrs. Marquardt’s favorite things are: the color GOLD, spring, tulips, The Cheesecake Factory, tacos, Top Ramen, diet Coke, Cool Ranch Doritos, running, elephants, and shopping at Target! She also loves listening to John Legend and watching The Little Mermaid with her sweet daughters.
Danielle Fischer | ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Dani Fischer joined the Rocky Ridge Family in 2017. While serving as our Asistant Principal, Mrs. Fischer has led and supported different initiatives at the district and school level. She is focused on a shared commitment towards student achievement.
Dani’s previous experience includes: a K-5 Instructional Coach, District GLAD Tier III National Trainer, Highly Capable District Lead, Classroom Teacher, Track and Field Coach, Math Coach, pre-school Monistorri Teacher and also YMCA School-Age Program Coordinator. Dani received her masters degree from University of Washington and her undergraduate degree from Washington State University. Mrs. Fischer understands that high expectations, motivation, and caring are the cornerstones of academic achievement. Rocky Ridge is a school where all students can succeed. The school uses best practices and interventions to eliminate disparities in student achievement. She has been proud of the school work around multi-tiered systems (MTSS) of support. The school has a PBIS team of over 60 students each year and continues to cultivate valuable experience for students.
“I believe every student should and can leave Rocky Ridge prepared for the next level of learning. Unfortunately, sometimes school systems make it difficult for students to excel. At our school it is our job to relentlessly work to dissolve barriers and build systemic and cohesive systems that promote excellence for all. Then and only then, will we make sure all children have the opportunity for success. It is exciting to see all the amazing systems of support we have created for students, we are a school on the RISE! We’re all in this work together for our students, and we are confident of one thing; WE are better TOGETHER.”
When Mrs. Fischer is not doing work she enjoys running, skiing, scuba diving, fishing, mountain biking and spending time with her two boys and husband. What initially brought Dani to teaching was a love for learning and an aforementioned desire to support ALL students. Her responsibilities to our students, staff, teachers and families remain centered on academic, social and emotional achievement.