• Dear Chinook Families, 

    Aloha kākou! My name is Michelle Drake, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the principal of Chinook Elementary. With 18 years of experience in education within the Auburn School District, I bring a deep dedication to student success and a commitment to fostering equitable opportunities for all.

    I would like to express gratitude and acknowledgment of the Federally Recognized Muckleshoot People, as we gather on their traditional lands. We recognize Muckleshoot’s continued presence as a strong sovereign nation and their invaluable contributions to our state history, economy, and culture.

    I firmly believe that students should be at the center of every decision we make. This philosophy ensures that each child receives the support, resources, and encouragement they need to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 

    I am passionate about building strong relationships with students and families, as I firmly believe that these connections are the foundation of a successful educational experience. By working closely together, we can create a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

    As we prepare for the new school year, I invite you to reach out with any questions, ideas, or concerns you may have. Your input and involvement are invaluable as we work together to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.

    Thank you for entrusting us with the education and development of your children. I look forward to getting to know each of you and working alongside you to ensure a bright future for every student at Chinook Elementary.


    Michelle Drake