Ridgefield School District hires new principal at View Ridge Middle School


The Ridgefield School District has hired Ian Mansfield as the new principal at View Ridge Middle School. 

Mansfield is currently the associate principal at Skyview High School. He will replace current principal Tony Smith, who accepted a principal position with the Longview School District, stated a news release. 

At Skyview, Mansfield helped lead the special education and English learners programs, oversaw the Associated Student Body and other clubs and activities. He also led multi-tiered systems of support programs at the school. 

Mansfield originally started as a special education teacher at Alki Middle School in Vancouver, where he taught from 2011 to 2015. He later worked as the climate transformation positive behavior intervention specialist instructional coach at Vancouver Public Schools.  From 2016 to 2019, Mansfield served as VPS’ special services manager and program administrator, where he moderated the district’s crisis prevention training and compliance. 

“We are thrilled to have Ian joining the team here at the Ridgefield School District,” stated Ridgefield Superintendent Nathan McCann in the release. “His experience working with students of different ages and varying educational needs makes him a great fit at View Ridge Middle School, and we look forward to him continuing the work of building a positive school culture in our pursuit of being Washington’s premier school district.” 

According to the release, Mansfield has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of arts degree in teaching from Willamette University. He also earned his program building administrator certification from Seattle City University in 2016.

“I am honored to be joining the View Ridge family,” Mansfield stated in the release. “I look forward to building positive relationships with students and their families, the View Ridge staff, and of course, the wider Ridgefield community.”


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