Our superintendent Dr. Rob Manahan's Message.

In the Peninsula School District, Our Vision is that every student will graduate from our district, capable and able to take advantage of any life opportunity that might come their way. Our Mission is to partner with our community to provide a safe environment where every student acquires the knowledge, skills and character to become productive citizens.

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Smarter Balanced Test Results Available on Parent Portal
    Students in grades 3-8 and high school recently completed the annual Smarter Balanced testing. Preliminary results for the
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6th Grade Math Placement
5th to 6th Math Placement
As students move from 5th to 6th grade, it is our goal to place students in classes where they are both
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This is a timely reminder that at this time of year, bears and other wildlife are frequently seen throughout both
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Virtual Reality In The Classroom
If you are upgrading your phone this summer, please consider donating your old phone for use in the classroom! “KPMS students
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Peninsula School District China Exchange Program
Our district’s exchange with Mudanjiang No. 1 Senior High School in Heilongjiang Province, China began in 2010. That year, the
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Meet Our Board Members

The board are members of our community who are elected by our citizens. In addition to attending our school board meetings they are engaged in a variety of community and educational activities.


Marcia Harris

Director - District 1
Elected: 11/3/2015
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 884-4697
“Mrs. Harris has a BA in English from Kansas State University, a MBA from University of Puget Sound, and did Doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Mrs. Harris has 37 years of experience in public education, she represents Director District 1 which is approximately 85 percent of the Key Peninsula. Her dream is a Peninsula School District that provides a personalized and challenging educational program for every student. She feels the school board can help realize that dream by establishing strong and effective two-way communication links with the public and maintaining fiscal integrity and accountability.

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Favorite TeacherMy fourth grade teacher, Lena Collins, was my favorite teacher. She loved all of her students (or at least we believed she did!). She introduced us to Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading us a chapter every day after lunch. She treated us like colleagues and friends and helped us stretch “a little further” with interesting and challenging arts and academic projects.

Deborah Krishnadasan

Director - District 2
Elected: 11/3/2015
Term expires: 11/2017
Phone: (206) 484-1280
 Mrs. Krishnadasan has a BA in Communications from Western Washington University. She worked at Microsoft, Visio and Burlington Resources, focusing on compensation and benefits, along with communication and integration planning. This is her first term as a Board Director, and she represents the upper Key Peninsula and parts of Gig Harbor North. Her desire to volunteer in her children’s classrooms and schools has grown into a passion to help provide a quality education for all PSD students. Deborah has served as Purdy PTA Treasurer, auction chair and room parent coordinator. She is also involved in the Franciscan Foundation and coaches’ Little League fast pitch.

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Favorite TeacherMy favorite teacher was Mr. David Tate, my 10th grade Humanities’ teacher. He taught me to look within and accept myself and fully appreciate the differences and uniqueness of others. He later married my second favorite teacher, Ms. Cindy Elhers, who taught me to love art and inspired me to become a better athlete.

Rand Wilhelmsen

Director - District 3; President
Appointed: 12/09/2010Elected: 11/8/2011Re-elected: 11/3/2015Term expires: 11/2019Phone: (253) 209-3370Email: wilhelmsenr@psd401.netMr. Wilhelmsen has served on the Board since December 2010. He represents District 3 which includes the central, east and part of north Gig Harbor. As a past teacher, he is committed to making sure our students get the best education available. His passion is to help guide our District to achieve the honored status of best district in the state. Rand served on the District’s audit committee before being appointed to the school board. He has also served on several bank boards. Rand is retired. 

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Favorite Teacher:I had a great second grade teacher named Mrs. Ferguson whom I adored. She taught me to love learning and challenged me to be better each and every day.

Leslie Harbaugh

Vice President
Elected: 11/3/2015Term expires: 11/2019Phone: (253) 265-6977Email:harbaughl@psd401.net This is Mrs. Harbaugh’s first term as a Board Director. Leslie has been involved as a volunteer in the Peninsula School District for 13 years. She has served in leadership positions within the Parent-Teacher Associations at Artondale Elementary, Kopachuck Middle School, and Gig Harbor High School; served on Artondale’s School Improvement Planning Team and Site Council; Parent District Council representative since 2007; Co-Chair for Citizens for Peninsula Schools; sits on the Technology, Equity & Diversity, and Early Childhood committees; and is the WIAA representative for the board. Leslie represents District 4; the west side of Gig Harbor, including Fox Island.Leslie strongly supports approaching our students’ education by striving to address the “whole child” with a focus on learning mastery by providing a rigorous, enriched and personalized academic experience. She believes that in order to successfully provide effective and sustainable solutions for the future, collaboration and community engagement are key.

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Favorite TeacherEach of my teachers taught me valuable lessons throughout my childhood. They taught me how to dream, achieve, stretch myself, persevere, and most importantly, that what is happening now is not the end.

David Olson

Director - District 5
Elected: 11/05/2013Term expires: 11/2017Phone: (253) 678-4904Email:olsond@psd401.net Mr. Olson was elected to the school board in November 2013. Mr. Olson represents District 5, the southern part of Gig Harbor which includes the Goodman and Harbor Heights areas. David is a retired US Navy officer and over the course of his military career lived in Korea, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Italy. His wife, Tonia, was a school teacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity. David has four children, three of which attended schools in the Peninsula School District. While in the Navy, he served as Pacific Northwest Director of the Drug Education for Youth Program and served on the Board the of the US Navy’s Community Service Council. He is passionate about helping children make healthy and positive life choices. David also serves on the Board of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and the City Club of Tacoma. David is a Business Banking Officer for US Bank covering the greater-Tacoma area

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Favorite TeacherMrs. Dickson, my 12th grade Algebra II teacher. During my difficult teen years, she never gave up on me and always provided positive feedback and encouraged me to set high goals. I would not be where I am today without her mentorship. It proves that parent and teacher support are critical to a student’s education and life-skills.

Our Community Partners

The Peninsula School District believes a learning-focused environment blossoms best when its relevant and engaging . Partnerships allow students to have more opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills, and character to become productive citizens in a changing world.