MVSD Staff Members, Don Haley and Mike Putnam Announce Plans to Retire

“The only constant in life is change.”
~ Heraclitus

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As with the changes in weather and seasons, school districts change over time as well. This typically includes changes in staffing. This year is no different… Don Haley, 4th grade teacher at Methow Valley Elementary and Mike Putnam, Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. High School physical education teacher have recently announced their decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.

Don Haley, MVE 4th Grade Teacher

Don HaleyNearing the completion of his sixth year of service as an elementary teacher at Methow Valley Elementary, Don Haley is ready to close out a successful career as a public educator. When asked about his time spent teaching at Methow Valley Elementary, Don stated, “I am glad to have spent the last years of my working career with the Methow Valley School District. What a pleasure it has been to work with an amazing staff, eager students, caring families, supportive administration and involved community members. Even under challenging conditions, I enjoy coming to work and love the kids and adults around me.”

When asked what’s next, Don replied, “I sense that the Lord is leading me to something else right now and I look forward to the next chapter of my life. At least in the short term, I plan to continue to serve kids and others within our community in various ways.” He concluded his remarks, stating, “I will leave MVSD with several fond memories.”

Mike Putnam, LBHS P.E. Teacher

Mike PutnamHaving served as a science teacher, driver’s education instructor, and most recently, as a physical education teacher, long-time educator, Mike Putnam has decided to retire at the end of the current school year.

When asked about his decision, Mike stated, “My heart for teaching and being a part of so many student’s lives is still strong. I will truly miss these students. I will miss our fine staff that serves these students daily with all that they have. I will especially miss the excitement Crosby has brought to Liberty Bell and the deep care he has for our students… I will miss the visionary leadership provided by the school board and our superintendent… I so much appreciate dedication and commitment toward a stronger, healthier youth as displayed by our community in the form of the Lion’s Den project.” When asked what lies ahead, Mike replied, “I am very excited to start the next chapter of my life. Erin and I have a bucket list of projects, activities, and adventures planned.”

Please join us as we thank Don Haley and Mike Putnam for their dedicated service in support of the Methow Valley students, parents, and community at large. We wish them well in their future endeavors!