Principal named Alumnus of the Year

By Kaela Nokes - Staff Reporter



Commencement recognizes the completion of a student's studies at Highline and hon- ors them for their academic achievements. But it also offers and opportunity to recognize previous students who have used their Highline educations to accomplish much in the real world.

One such student is this year's Alumnus of the Year, Angela Sheffey-Bogan. The current principal of Sartori Elementary in Renton.

Sheffey-Bogan will be recog- nized as Alumnus of the Year at Commencement on June 13 at Kent's ShoWare

Center and speak to the graduating class.

Sheffey-Bogan said her time at Highline was full of good memories, great teachers who pushed her, and eye-opening experiences.

"The best memory from Highline was receiving my AA in early childhood education. My teacher told me to work in the field [first] to learn more about the field before going into it," Sheffey-Bogan said.

She said that the model she lives by and runs her school by is: "How do you show up in your community?"

She said she believes every- one has unique gifts in them and once you find out what you are, you should show it as your full authentic self.

When she had first started at Highline she was just out of high school and didn't feel prepared to take on a four-year university right away. Instead, she went to Highline seeking guidance from her professors and fellow classmates from 1989-1991, hoping to eventual- ly make it to a four-year school.

"I was not prepared for a four-year university and High- line helped me choose and flourish on my path," Shef- fey-Bogan said.

Highline had a tremendous impact on her and her career, she said.

"I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn't know the avenue, so Highline was a big stepping stone for me," Shef- fey-Bogan said.
After she moved on from

Highline to become what she dreamed of, she used the skills she gained at larger col- leges.

Sheffey-Bogan transferred to Western Washington Universi- ty to earn a bachelor's degree, then was off to Heritage Univer- sity for her master's in teaching.

She then went to University of Washington to get a master's in Educational Leadership.

And now, she is coming back to Highline as Alumnus of the Year.

"I feel humbled; I don't feel like I have done anything amazing. I have amazing peo- ple around me and I am doing what I love so it's not out of the ordinary," Sheffey-Boagn said.

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