Meet our Administrative Team
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 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 (Trina) Gilday has been a proud Mustang educator for the last 16 years, working as an English teacher, Activities Coordinator, and most recently as Dean of Students. She is a proud graduate of Washington State University where she earned her BA in English in 2000 prior to attending Western Washington University for teacher certification. She earned her National Board Certification as an English teacher in 2010 and completed her Master’s in Educational Administration in 2019. Trina loves working with our diverse student population and families and seeks to connect with them on a personal level and engage them in all aspects of our educational community.
When not working, Trina loves spending time with her family. Her husband, Tyler, and her 9-year-old twin boys, Hank and Zane, enjoy sporting events (Go Cougs), fishing, board games, reading, and travelling in their family RV. Trina is looking forward to another great year at RHS and learning alongside the amazing students and staff. Go Mustangs!
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.
Dean of Students
James Harris is excited to step into a new role at Redmond High School as Dean of Students. 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 fly fisherman. He lives in Snohomish with his wife, Bryr, their two teenagers, a German Shepherd and an English Bulldog.