'Second to none': Blakely to be next Hellgate Elementary superintendent

Skylar Rispens

After six years of working with Hellgate Elementary, assistant superintendent Molly Blakely is stepping up to the role of superintendent.

Blakely, who has an impressive career with expertise in instruction and curriculum, will take the reins from current superintendent Doug Reisig, who called it a career after 46 years in education – 22 of which were spent as superintendent of Hellgate Elementary.

Prior to working at Hellgate, Blakely was an education consultant for 15 years where she worked with hundreds of school districts across the country. She departed that career after Reisig contacted her about applying for a new role at Hellgate Elementary as a curriculum coordinator and instructional coach.

“Her expertise and her knowledge of instruction, curriculum, (and) assessment  to none,” Reisig said. “For us to be able to get someone of her quality wanting to work with exclusively with Hellgate Elementary was a huge feather in our cap.”

Blakely’s work with the district proved to be hugely beneficial for teachers as well as students, and the results spoke for themselves with improvements to statewide testing scores, Reisig said.

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