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Superintendent

“Selkirk School District offers all the advantages of a small school environment including personalized education and dedicated staff in a setting that has an abundance of natural beauty and  a community that truly has the needs of children as a priority.”  

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Message from the Superintendent
How Selkirk Proved and Ancient Greek Philosopher Wrong.....Until Now
Some time around 450 B.C. Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, was credited as saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” Now, Heraclitus lived long before Socrates and as a philosopher spent most of his life trying to make sense of the world around him (without the benefit of Google!).
In observing nature, he finally settled on the principle that change was the only element that was always present in life; maintaining that everything else was constantly moving, growing, decaying, etc. He fashioned an entire philosophy around the premise.
"Change is the only constant in life"
~Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher
While perhaps not a solid scientific principle, Heraclitus’ assumption challenges us to adapt and learn from systems around us that are constantly changing....the environment, population sizes, weather patterns, economies, politics, our own families, etc.
At Selkirk, it seems we have defied the rule of change for the most part in terms of staffing and philosophy. For the most part, our educational principles and the majority of players have remained relatively constant over the past 20 years, especially when compared to regional districts.
The same administrators, teachers, and paraeducators sitting around the table 20 years ago discussing the challenges of how to help our students move from below average performance on state assessments to the outstanding levels we achieve today, were the same people sitting around the table last year.
Although we have lost employees before, they left gradually, one at a time over a span of years. This constant provided a common collective understanding of what we do, why we do it, and how to get it done! Integrating one new player at time did not change our culture significantly.
It seems though, that while we may have been an exception to Heraclitus’ rule for some time, we cannot avoid it completely. A major change began last school year with the opening of the first elementary teacher vacancies in 15 years along with the retirement of Principal Larry Reed.
Continuing through 2020, our district will experience a significant shift in personnel as many of our staff retire, often two, three, or four per year. If you were to look at in terms of percentages, in the fall of 2020 we will likely have only 25% of the building staff that we had in 2014-15.
Our goal is to transition new staff in while maintaining all of the positive aspects of our existing programs. This change will take time and patience from everyone as we seek to educate new staff on our processes and philosophies while also integrating the energy, enthusiasm, and new perspectives they bring to the table.
If there are specific aspects of our educational program that you value and do not see from our new employees or if there are traits that you would like us to look for when interviewing new staff, please feel free to contact either me or Greg Goodnight.
Perhaps throughout this transition, embracing change as a constant rather than fighting against it, will help us prove a theory by another great thinker. Einstein once said “The world as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Superintendent's Biography
Nancy Lotze was born in a small community in northern Illinois, but moved to Northport, Washington at the end of her third grade year where she stayed until graduating from high school in 1982. She attended Gonzaga University receiving her B.A. in English and an initial teaching certificate in 1987. While in college, Nancy spent a semester abroad in Gonzaga’s London program. Upon graduation, Nancy substituted in the Northport and Colville School Districts before coming to the Selkirk School District in 1988.
In 1992, juggling work and parenting responsibilities, she went back to school to earn a school psychologist degree from the University of Idaho. During that time, she provided special education consulting services to Cusick, Kettle Falls, and Liberty school districts. Continuing on in her education, Nancy earned her superintendent certification from Washington State University in 2005.

Since 1988, Nancy has been employed with the Selkirk School District in a variety of roles including 7-12 English teacher, 7-12 special education teacher, district school psychologist, elementary building administrator, special services director, and, since 2005, superintendent.

She lives near Sullivan Lake with her husband, Dan. They have two daughters, Kate and Anna.
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