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Mauer-SmithKären Mauer-Smith
(253) 583-5550



*Responsibilities include political and community relations, School Improvement Plan, budget, and overall oversight


Cindy Adams:Assistant Principal


Prior to becoming a Lakes Lancer, Ms. Adams worked at Clover Park High School as an assistant principal from 2008-2012. Over the course of her education career, Ms. Adams worked in the Bethel School District  in an alternative  program teaching English and Communication Arts. She went on to become the coordinator of the alternative program and summer school. She made the move to a comprehensive school classroom and taught Theatre and directed six  productions. Ms. Adams served as Dean of Students before making the move to the Clover Park School District.  Ms. Adams’ focus is supporting the Freshmen to success. She enjoys working with all students, staff, and parents at Lakes High School.

Ryan Akiyama: Assistant Principal


Prior to joining the Lancer family, Mr. Akiyama worked in North Thurston Public Schools as the NTPS Project Facilitator for the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project. In addition to supporting the development and implementation of new evaluation systems in NTPS, Ryan served as both a district and association representative to advise various school districts, educational service districts, and uniServ councils throughout the state regarding instructional framework selection, system readiness for state-mandated changes to teacher/principal evaluation, and district-association collaborative leadership. Over the course of his thirteen years as an educator, Ryan has served in support of student learning as a dean of students, department chair, activities coordinator, and coach. In each setting he has been passionately devoted to creating an inclusive school culture where all students can excel. Ryan is excited to strive towards excellence with each member of the Lancer family. Ryan will work with the Sophomore class.

Lysandra Ness: Assistant Principal for 11th-12th Grade 


This is Mrs. Ness' second year working with the juniors and seniors at Lakes. Prior to joining the Lancer family, Mrs. Ness worked at South Kitsap High School as an administrative intern, social studies department chair and teacher. Mrs. Ness taught at the high school level for 10 years, 2 years at the junior high level (Poulsbo Junior High), and one year at the middle school (Truman Middle School). She has experience teaching students Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies, as well as English and CTE courses. Mrs. Ness' experience also includes facilitating professional development for Pacific Lutheran University (professional certification) and the University of Washington (national board certification) for staff.  She has experience with PLCs, assessment procedures, drop out prevention programs, coaching (debate, FBLA, soccer, and volleyball), leading community service opportunities (Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and Ronald McDonald house) and enhancing opportunities for college-bound students.

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