Superintendent's Office

Brian L. Talbott, Superintendent

Hello East Valley Families, Friends, and Neighbors,

First and foremost, I want to share with you how excited I am to be joining the East Valley Family. I am honored to have been offered the superintendent position here and I am grateful to be serving our students, staff, families, and community at large. My beliefs are steadfast and reflective of my leadership style; I am a student-centered educator. I believe that school should be a place where each child is welcomed, honored, and valued. Each student needs to feel a strong sense of belonging as well as achievement.  Each child needs an advocate - a champion in their corner - throughout their educational journey. These are my expectations for each child every day. Our time is limited; we must spend it wisely while we have them.  

I just started my twenty-ninth year in education and my seventeenth as a district superintendent. I began my career as a teacher and coach in the White Pass School District which is nestled in the Big Bottom Valley between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier. Additionally, I served as both the secondary principal and superintendent in that same district. After fifteen years in White Pass, it was time to come home to the region where I grew up (Ferris HS) to be closer to family. In 2008, I was named superintendent of the Nine Mile Falls School District. I was blessed to live and work in that school district/community for the past thirteen years.  Although the thought of leaving was difficult, the vacancy here in East Valley was intriguing in many ways. During my tenure in Nine Mile, I never once applied for another district until East Valley became vacant. While I cannot predict the future, nor control all aspects of the path forward, my hope is to make East Valley my third and final chapter.

I met my wife, Tricia, during my final quarter at Eastern Washington University while she still had another year of school. I spent my first year of teaching as a bachelor and the following summer we married.  We just celebrated our twenty-seventh anniversary. Tricia is my rock, confidant, best friend, and when needed, my kick in the rear.  Tricia is also an educator and has served as the NEW Tech Skills Center counselor for the past twelve years. Together we have three children. Colton (24) is in the masonry field here in the Spokane region. KayLeigh (20) is a junior at WSU; she is majoring in elementary education and minoring in English Language Learning. Our youngest, Kyler (17), will be a senior at Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls. Our hope when we returned to the region was that each of our three children would go through the Nine Mile school system to walk amongst their peers graduating from Lakeside High School. That goal has not changed as we will not interrupt his senior year. I will commute this year and we will then look to purchase our forever home in East Valley.

I feel it is safe to say that the past eighteen months have been the most difficult, demanding, crazy, and…strangely inspiring time in education.  To look back on what has been accomplished despite the challenges and barriers is absolutely awe inspiring. Although not an ideal situation, the EVSD Board, staff, and community have rallied and will continue to do so with our children as the beneficiaries of the toil. I look forward to seeing you in our schools, at student-centered events, and within the community.    

Together, we are East Valley

Brian L. Talbott

Family picture
Back row: Colton, Brian. 
Front row: KayLeigh, Kyler, Tricia

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