Woodside Elementary Principal Dr. Betty Cobbs named 2017 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Betty Cobbs and her husband Zebedee at WWU celebration. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Dr. Betty Cobbs and her husband Zebedee at WWU celebration. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools News Release.

Western Washington University honored Woodside Elementary School Principal Betty Cobbs’ civic service and impact in education at a May 18, 2017, celebration.

Woodside Elementary School Principal Betty Cobbs is a Western Washington University (WWU) 2017 Distinguished Alumni and Recognition Award recipient. WWU specifically recognized her for the Woodring College of Education Alumni Award.

It gives us great pride to celebrate these alumni who have distinguished themselves not only in their chosen professions, but as public servants, community builders, and leaders. Their achievements and example not only inspire us, they demonstrate the many paths to excellence that can be pursued with a Western education,” said Western President Sabah Randhawa.

WWU cited Dr. Cobbs’ 44 years in education – nine of those years as a teacher and 35 years as a principal. All of those years have been spent with Everett Public Schools.

In addition to her extensive leadership in schools, Dr. Cobbs has served as a civil service commissioner in Everett; a commissioner for Everett Parks and Recreation; a member of the PEAB Advisory Board at University of Washington-Bothell; and a member of the Board of Trustees for Everett Community College.

She has also worked with several nonprofits, including Imagine Children’s Museum, the NW Regional Educational Lab, Everett Performing Arts Theatre, Everett Youth Symphony, and the Parent Teacher Student Association.

In 1993, the Business and Professional Women, Inc. of Snohomish County honored Dr. Cobbs as Working Woman of the Year.

Everett Public Schools Board of Directors will recognize Dr. Cobbs during its June 6 regular board meeting.


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