Dear Orin Smith Elementary School Community,

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Orin C. Smith Elementary, though I am neither new to Orin C. Smith Elementary nor the Chehalis School District. I have served as an educator in the Chehalis School District for the past 20 years, with seven of those years in administration. Most recently, I served as the assistant principal for Orin C. Smith Elementary for the past four years, including transitioning from three to two elementary schools. My husband and I have been residents of this community for the past 20 years and my children attended Chehalis schools, as well. In short, I know our school community well and care deeply about our students, families and staff.

I hope that this note finds you enjoying the rejuvenating days of summer and that you and your children are looking forward to a positive school year together beginning in September. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them a learning environment where all students progress forward academically, socially and emotionally.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. Martin’s University and my master’s degree from the University of Washington, Bothell in Educational Leadership. As a teacher, I also received National Board Certification. While I didn’t start my career in education, I knew when I transitioned into education that I had found my true passion.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children (via video chat and in-person when possible) and their families, as well as my first grandchild across the miles. I also enjoy reading, walking with friends, and staying current with best practices in education, and I feel that I will always be a life-long learner.

I work under the philosophy that everything we do in our school should be done with the best interest of our students in mind. I am determined to support every child, every day at Orin Smith Elementary and I will bring the energy, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness needed to continue to make Orin C. Smith an exemplary school.

I look forward to working with all of our students, families and staff. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.

All the best,

Orin C. Smith Elementary
“It’s a Great Day to be an Orin Smith Cougar”

Rachel DorseyPrincipal of Orin C. Smith Elementary School