Rochester School District Selects Superintendent

Rochester School District Selects Superintendent
Posted on 04/29/2022
Dr. Jennifer Bethman

In a unanimous vote, Dr. Jennifer Bethman has been selected by the Rochester School Board of Directors to be the District’s next superintendent, pending successful contract negotiation.  

Bethman currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education in the Bethel School District where she supervises three comprehensive high schools, two alternative high schools, six middle schools, and one K-12 online school to provide quality education for the district’s 20,000 students.  She also oversees Bethel’s Teaching and Learning Department, LAP and Title Programs, Special Education, Assessment, Highly Capable, Athletics, Security, Equity and Achievement, and Career and Technical Education programs. Bethman previously served as the principal of Graham-Kapowsin High School and Bethel Junior High School. Jennifer began her educational career as a teacher of mathematics, band, general music, physical education and leadership in Illinois and Washington states. 

During the interview process, Bethman said, “Rochester has a reputation of educational excellence and I was very excited to apply for this position. During my day in the district, I witnessed quality instruction and the deep pride of students, staff, and community.  It would be an honor and privilege to build upon the strong foundation that is in place in this amazing district.”

Bethman earned her Doctorate in Education and superintendent credentials from Washington State University after completing her Masters of Education in School Administration from City University. Bethman completed her Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State University. 

Rochester School Board President Grant Rodeheaver said, “We are very excited to have selected Jennifer Bethman as our next superintendent. She is a strong and proven leader who will continue to focus on quality educational opportunities while leading our students to new levels of learning."

Bethman will officially begin her tenure in Rochester on July 1, when she takes over for current Superintendent Kim Fry, who will transition to the position of Professional Development Coordinator for the Washington Association of School Administrators after 32 years of service in the Rochester School District.

Bethman is excited to begin, stating, “My initial priorities are to learn more about Rochester and begin to develop relationships with staff, students, parents, the community, and the board of directors.  I will be meeting with people to learn more about Rochester by listening and asking many questions. In addition, I will review data to learn more about students' learning loss as a result of the pandemic to prepare for our ongoing work with those students.”