Suzanne Bond: A gifted educator and leader
FORMER ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR of Educational Leadership VICTORIA “SUZANNE” BOND died March 3, 2021, at the age of 70.
A gifted educator with a thirst for knowledge, Bond was born in Tacoma, Washington. She earned her bachelor’s and master of education degrees from Western Washington State College, then a doctorate in education from Seattle University in 1982.
Bond’s teaching career began at Juanita High School, where she rose to the assistant principal position. She was principal of Mariner High School in Everett, Washington, for eight years before moving into the Mukilteo (Washington) School District office as director of staff development and special projects.
In 1996, Bond accepted the school superintendent position for Whidbey Island’s Coupeville Schools. During the next six years, Bond helped the district’s schools and students to blossom. Student scores in the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests rose under her leadership, and a levy passed with a strong 72% favorable vote.
Bond retired in 2002 but returned to education shortly after as associate professor of educational leadership at Seattle Pacific University. “Suzanne served as my supervisor when I was completing my administrative internship, and she was also my professor for one or two of my admin courses,” remembered Robin Hendrickson, assistant professor of teacher education. “She was always so incredibly supportive and encouraging.”
Bond is survived by her husband, Dan Bond, and twin sons from her first marriage, Cavan and Zachary Simonson.