The 2019 Spring Festival Parade grand marshal is Todd McCauley. The parade will be held Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m.

Todd is the principal at Hulan L Whitson Elementary School. He and his family moved to White Salmon 12 years ago from the Portland area. His family includes wife - Jennifer McCauley, son – Sawyer, age 14, a freshman at Columbia High School, daughter – Lilli, age 12, a sixth grader at Stevenson Intermediate School, and son – Jasper, age 9, a fourth grader at WPSIS.

Todd received his bachelor degree from Portland State University in 1997, his teaching license from Warner Pacific University in 1998, and his master degree and administrative license from Concordia University in 2006.

When he isn’t working, most of his time has been focused on trying to be a supportive father and husband. He has coached his kids in a variety of sports over the years and he’s an active member of the community.

Todd said he choose to be a principal because “I loved being a teacher, and I didn’t dream of being a principal until I was encouraged by others to pursue it. As I did, I began to see it as perfect fit. The opportunity to utilize my skills and talents to have a larger impact on the lives of children and families was something I could not ignore or pass up. I could not do this job without the support and understanding of my wife and kids.”

He continued “I am lucky and proud to be the principal of Whitson Elementary School. It has been a gift to me and brought me tremendous joy.”

Accomplishments Todd is the most proud of include personally, he and his wife are approaching their 25th anniversary, and “I am incredibly proud to be her husband.”

He’s also tremendously proud of the couple’s three children and the wonderful people they are becoming.

Professionally, it is hard for him to capture in words how proud, and fortunate, he feels to be the principal of Whitson Elementary School.

“It is a special and wonderful place, filled with 400 amazing students. The kind and dedicated staff have created a school where every student has a chance to thrive. I absolutely love being an integral part of my community. As a leader & principal, I am impacting the families I work for in a meaningful and tangible way. The children are in the halls of Whitson, at the grocery store, on the fields of the high school, and in the businesses that make up our town. We live, work and grow together and our interactions are the substance of our life.”

Todd is also grateful to Dr. Jerry Lewis for all of his support.

“I cherish every day and look forward to a long career in the White Salmon Valley School District that hopefully makes a profound & lasting difference in education and our community,” he said.

The Spring Festival Committee thinks Todd is very deserving of being its Grand Parade Marshal. Come out to give him a cheer, as he and his family start off the Spring Festival Parade.

Opening ceremonies will start at 12:15 p.m. at the main stage under the big tent after the parade. The Sweet Adelines will start the day off, then the White Salmon Jazz will perform.

Other entertainment includes Mo Mo the clown and Ritchie the Reptile Man Saturday afternoon; Gun Shy will perform Friday from 8-12 p.m. for all the country dancers; and Live Wire will rock the park on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

For a full list of entertainment check out www.whitesalmonspringfestival.com.

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