New administrators will greet Willow Public School families this fall. In addition to the charter school’s Superintendent Brenda McDonald, Sean Hopf joins staff as principal and Paige Albrecht was hired as assistant principal.

Hopf is pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a science major and a minor in special education.

Hopf began teaching in 2015 at PRIDE Prep charter school, founded by McDonald, in Spokane. Hopf helped found Innovation High School two years later. He’s worked as a teacher, assistant dean and curriculum leader.

Albrecht has a bachelor’s degree in science and psychology from Central Methodist University in Missouri. She is completing a master’s degree in business management and leadership.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at or 526-8322.

Sheila Hagar has written for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 1998. Sheila covers education in the Walla Walla Valley. She also writes a column, Home Place, usually highlighting family life and slices of local life.

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