Ballard HS Administrative Team

Summary: BHS Administrative Team

BHS Administrative Team Update

I am honored to be joined by Ms. JaLynn Montes, Mr. David Fort, and Dr. Jody Shuman. I am including a brief bio for each of them below and I hope you have them opportunity to meet them soon if you haven’t already. ~ Principal Abby Hunt

JaLynn Montes has a BAE in Education and English from PLU, a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from WWU, and a residency admin certificate from WWU.  Over the years, she has taught ELA/SS in Portland Public Schools, the Edmonds School District, and in Seattle Public Schools.  While having and raising her 3 children, she worked for 15 years at Everett, Edmonds, and Shoreline community colleges as a part-time ESL teacher to immigrants, refugees, and international students. For the past 2 years, she worked as an AP at Redmond Middle School in the Lake Washington School District.  She is happy to be back in SPS as an AP at Ballard where two of her three children attend. 

David Fort A lifelong Seattleite and parent of two Seattle Schools students, David has spent 18 years working with SPS. As a teacher, he taught Language Arts and Senior Projects at Chief Sealth High School. He taught World History and American Government at Franklin High School where he worked on the Building Leadership Team and was a Career Ladder Teacher. For the last 6 years, David worked as a Consulting Teacher (STAR Mentor) working on teacher induction and teacher growth and support. He also worked on the Racial Equity team there and led district-wide trainings for new to profession and new to district teachers.

Jody Shuman has a Ed.D. in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education and a M.Ed. in special education, both from Grand Canyon University. She has 10 years of experience in education from schools in Texas, Colorado, and Seattle. This will be her first year as an administrator but not her first year at Ballard. She taught in special education for the last 4 years, in addition to coaching volleyball and basketball. She is excited to continue working with the Ballard community in her new role.

Principal Abby Hunt District Announcement

Principals of the Month Collage including Abby Hunt

Dear Ballard High School Community,

I am pleased to announce Ms. Abby Hunt has been selected as the next principal of Ballard High School.

The BHS interview team, comprised of students, family and community members, instructional and support staff, and central office staff, were impressed by Ms. Hunt. In addition to her clear core values, strength in relationship building, honesty, integrity, and prioritization of student voice, she is committed to Ballard High School and the Ballard community.

Ms. Hunt was an assistant principal at Nathan Hale High School where she worked to operationalize racial equity, enhance family engagement, and support educators in their instructional growth. Prior to this, Ms. Hunt served as dean of students at Kentridge High School in the Kent School District and has been a language arts teacher in Seattle, Chicago, and Belize.

Ms. Hunt is an equity-driven leader who is passionate about being a part of a collaborative school community. She brings a unique ability to foster relationships, which comes from her practice of taking an active listening stance. With this, she greatly values and is attentive to the engagement of student voice in school-based decisions. Throughout her career, Ms. Hunt has been a leader in restorative work and community building. She looks forward to sharing these strengths along with those of the Ballard community as they chart a path forward this coming year.

A life-long learner, Ms. Hunt holds her principal certification from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program, a master’s degree in secondary education from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in both literature and creative writing from Pacific University where she also played soccer. Ms. Hunt lives in Seattle with her wife, Bridget, and two young daughters, Helen and Julia.

While her official start date is July 1, 2022, Ms. Hunt is excited to begin her work at Ballard and connect with staff, families, and students.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Hunt as the next principal of Ballard High School.


Dr. Brent Jones
Seattle Public Schools

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