Principal Team

Principal
Ruth Medsker
(206) 252-8800 | rmedsker@seattleschools.org

Ruth Medsker has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Washington State University and Masters of School Administration from Western Washington University.

Ruth has been with the Seattle School District for 25 years, during which she has served as a math, reading, health and special education teacher at various schools around the District. She has been an assistant principal and principal at the middle school-level. Most recently she served as the education director overseeing the middle and K-8 schools.

In 2004, Medsker received the Alliance for Education’s Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence for outstanding leadership. She was also honored twice by the Association from Washington School Principals: as a Seattle Regional Distinguished Principal in 2004 and as a Seattle Regional Distinguished Assistant Principal in 2003. 


Assistant Principal
Garth Reeves
(206) 252-8820 | gareeves@seattleschools.org

Garth Reeves has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from The Evergreen State College, a Masters of Arts in Education from Antioch University and Washington State Principal Certification from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. Garth has been a teacher and administrator in the New York City, Highline and Seattle school districts for the last 10 years, during which he has served as Humanities and English Language Learner teacher, school coach, co-principal, district administrator and assistant principal. Garth has extensive experience in project-based learning, curriculum design, restorative justice, and supporting student development of 21st Century, social-emotional skills.

In addition to his passion for education, Garth is a professional musician with 25 years of experience, having toured the U.S. extensively and traveled to Russia to perform. He is a father of two children in the Seattle Public Schools.


Assistant Principal
Scott Canfield
(206) 252-8846 | secanfield@seattleschools.org

Scott Canfield is excited to join the West Seattle staff this year, after spending the previous eight years teaching and mentoring in many different capacities. Most recently, Scott taught and served as Dean of Students at Truman High School in the Federal Way School District. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Washington, a Master in Teaching from Seattle University, and received his endorsement in educational leadership from Western Governors University.

Scott truly believes every student should be given the opportunity to dream and begin to design their paths to success in life, and to start taking the steps necessary to deliver upon that dream, as soon as they step foot into WSHS. Scott brings an alternative mindset to West Seattle and is devoted to helping the community think creatively about what it means to prepare our students for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. He is both excited and honored to officially be a WSHS Wildcat!

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