President’s Message

Hello WAEOP friends!

Thankful for YOU!

Fall is here and along with the weather awkwardly transition from the warmth of Summer to the frigid depths of Winter, this is the time that we give traditionally give thanks.  As we take time to think about the past year and all of changes and people in our lives, there is much to be truly thankful about.

The WAEOP members that I have been in touch with are working hard and making a difference every day for students in amazing ways and I am so very thankful for each of you.  I wonder if you are celebrating your successes and taking care of yourselves and each other?   Working hard is great for results, but, the risk of “putting your nose to the grindstone” is that we may forget that we are better together, stronger together.  I encourage you to make time for connecting with your co-workers and looking at the successes you have as WAEOP group.  Networking is important work and does effect student success.   Make time to give thanks and see the great things that are going on around us and then share those things with others.  You can make a difference in your school, district and community by being a great communicator of the wonderful things that are happening.  We ARE the best ambassadors of our own work.

Make time to network.  Seek out trainings and events with others in jobs like yours and know and spread the news of the great work that you are doing. This is one of the things that Professional Associations do BEST!  Join and attend other professional organization such as your local association and/or NAEOP (National Association of Educational Office Professionals) **Did you know that Washington is the state with the largest number of members of NAEOP?

WAEOP is currently over 400 members strong and has been doing some great work…we know that we are Better Together!

At the Fall Board meeting, we worked on difficult budget issues and planning for future events.  After much study and noting that dues have not increased in 3 decades, the board voted to increase the Active, Associate and Student Membership dues on January 1st of 2018 with an increase of $10 each per year.  Active yearly membership will be $45, Associate $20 and Student $15.  Retiree memberships will remain at

On October 14th at Stadium High School in Tacoma, WAEOP proudly held a State Wide Professional Development class on Active Shooter Response.  The many participants of this class heard some tough facts about some of the most horrible things that can happen in a school and came away with the knowledge of what to look for and how to respond with decisive action should this sort of danger come into their school. The instructors from Tactical Training Institute, were excellent and WAEOP is planning on offering this class again in other parts of the State.

Plans are under way for a Microsoft Office Training in Yakima in February and a GREAT Spring Conference in Bellevue Washington at the Red Lion Hotel April 20th and 21st.  Be sure to check out for more information.

Thanks for the great work you do to keep your school and your district running.  You make a difference every day by helping students to get an education – which will create a better future for all of us.  Reach out and tell your community the great things you are doing!


Robin Mallory, CEOE
WAEOP President 2017-2018