Meet our Administrative Team

Jill VanderVeer

Principal
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Jill VanderVeer is proud and honored to serve as Principal of Redmond High School.  Ms.VanderVeer is originally from Long Island, NY.  She earned her BA in English Literature from Mary Washington College in Virginia, her MA in Secondary Education from Dowling College in NY, and her administrative credential from Stony Brook University in NY.

Ms.VanderVeer started her career as a high school English teacher, and in that time, taught grades 9-12 and all levels including honors and Advanced Placement.  She served as department chairperson and as an Associate Principal at RHS before becoming Principal.  Ms.VanderVeer believes in the RHS foundational principles of Honor, Excellence, Respect and Diversity, and she is excited to continue working with Redmond families preparing students for their futures.

Ms.VanderVeer and her husband live in Issaquah, and they love the home they have made in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

Rob Jones
Associate Principal
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Rob Jones graduated from Geneva College (2004) with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education and then from West Chester University (2008) with a Master of Arts degree. Before moving to Seattle in 2010, he taught for 4 years in Virginia. Mr. Jones taught English and History for 8 years at Eastlake High School, while also serving as a Department Chair in the Humanities Department for 4 years and earning his National Boards. He finished his tenure at Eastlake by serving as the school’s first Dean of Students, while completing his Administrative Certification through WWU’s Woodring College of Education.

Rob and his wife, Brittany, have a son, Hazard, and live in Seattle. Predictably he enjoys reading, but also camping, live music, and woodworking. He is excited to be a member of the Redmond High School administrative team and looks forward to working with the staff, students, and community to ensure it’s a welcoming, challenging, and supportive school.

 

Katerina Gilday
Associate Principal

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The 2023-2024 school year marks Trina's 20th year as a Redmond Mustang where she has served as an English teacher, Activities Coordinator, Dean of Students, and now enters her third year as Associate Principal.  Trina grew up in Mukilteo, WA and is a proud graduate of Washington State University where she earned her BA in English in 2000.  Trina student taught (2003), got her first teaching job (2004), and completed her administrative internship as part of a MA in Educational Leadership (2020), all within the Lake Washington School District. Trina's favorite aspects of Redmond High School are the diverse community, the amazing staff, and the connections she gets to make with students. Trina seeks to connect and engage students and families in our educational community. 

When not working, Trina loves spending time with her family. Her husband, Tyler, twin 12-year olds Hank and Zane, and their dog Snoop. They are huge fans of camping, sporting events, board games, and general silliness.  Trina is excited for another amazing year of all things Redmond High School. Go Mustangs! 

 

Christine McMillan

Associate Principal

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Christine McMillan is originally from Chicago, IL, where she earned her B.A in English and Secondary Education at Northeastern Illinois University. She taught in the Chicago Public School System before moving to Washington. Ms. McMillan began her career with the Lake Washington School District as an English teacher at Redmond High School in 2002. In 2016, she earned her Master’s in Educational Administration from Seattle Pacific University. For the last 5 years, Ms. McMillan served as an Associate Principal at Juanita High School.

Ms. McMillan lives in Woodinville with her husband Chris, and their daughter Lorelei. Christine loves to read, travel, and is an avid sports fan. She is thrilled to return to and serve Redmond High School, its students, families, and the community.

James Harris

Associate Principal

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James Harris is excited to step into a new role at Redmond High School as Associate Principal. Mr. Harris came to RHS as an English teacher in 2019 after ten years teaching in Soldotna, Alaska, where in 2017 he served as the State Teacher of the Year and in 2018 received the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Mr. Harris received his BA in English from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO, his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his Master of Arts in Teaching and Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Mr. Harris is an avid hockey fan and a life-long learner who recognizes the capacity and power of every student to experience lasting epiphanies in a classroom that will ripple throughout their future. He lives in Redmond but can often be found fly fishing rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Benjamin Hart

Dean of Students
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Benjamin Hart is thrilled to serve as Redmond High School's Dean of Students.  Benjamin's goal is to create student supports and structures that will maximize the number of positive interactions he has with students and families so that all students feel welcomed and included.

After graduating from Redmond High School, Benjamin earned a B.S. from Washington State University and completed a Master in Teaching at the University of Washington.  In 2010, he started his career as a science teacher at Bainbridge High School.  In 2014, Benjamin completed the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and returned to RHS as a teacher where he has remained since.

Benjamin lives in Redmond and is raising four children with his wife Jaime.  In his free time Benjamin enjoys swimming, hiking, running, and going on day trips with his family.