Principal's Message

July 3, 2014   


Dear West Mercer Families,

 I am humbled and excited to accept Dr. Plano's appointment as Interim Principal of West Mercer Elementary for the 2014-15 school year.  I'm sure I echo many of your thoughts when I say Mr. Mellish will be missed, and we wish him well in his new adventure.  Although I had the chance to work with West Mercer staff and families on a part time basis last year in my role as Elementary Associate Principal, I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the community more fully.  We are already on a great path and enjoying tremendous success at West Mercer. I want to continue to support the current work, as well as look for ways to continuously improve in support of your children.

As transplants from Colorado, my husband and I have spent the last six years exploring and enjoying the beautiful Seattle area.  Prior to taking on an administrative role in Mercer Island last year, I spent many years as an instructional coach, supporting teachers’ classroom practice and continued professional growth.  In those roles, I worked for several years as a teacher mentor, professional developer, and instructional coach in Douglas County School District and Tukwila School District. While a classroom teacher, my commitment to meeting every student’s learning needs led me to cultivate my knowledge of research-based instructional strategies in reading, writing, and mathematics. As a result, I worked for several years providing professional development to teachers and paraprofessionals from my local district and from across the country.

 I am excited to work with West Mercer’s talented teachers and support staff to further our school goals and to support their powerful work with students. I hope to work with each of you, as well, to maintain a strong connection between home and school and to support West Mercer’s impressive record of parent and community involvement.

 I look forward to getting to know you and your child(ren) in the fall.  Thank you in advance for welcoming me into this community.  With plenty to keep me busy in preparation for the next school year, I will be working off and on through the summer.  Please feel free to contact me at

 Best wishes for a restful and rejuvenating summer.


Aimee Batliner-Gillette

Latest West Mercer Headlines

  • 2014-2015 Back to School information

    Preliminary information needed for the 2014-2015 school year can be found here.
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  • Welcome back!

    Please click here for the principal's start of school message. 
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  • Have a Wonderful Summer!

    Students will return to school for the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. For more information, please see below.
    Welcome to New Families- information here 
    2014-2015 School Calendar here
    WM PTA website here

    Summer Office Hours

    June 20 - June 25
    August 4 - August 27
    M-Th 9:00-12:00 pm
    (Office closed June 26 - August 1)
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  • Interim WM Principal announced today

    With the resignation of Rich Mellish who has accepted an elementary principal position with the Issaquah School District, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Aimee Batliner-Gillette as Interim Principal at West Mercer for the 2014-2015 school year. I expect the School Board to confirm this appointment which begins on July 1 at their meeting on June 26, 2014.
    We would like to thank Rich for his many years of service and the positive contribution that he has made and we wish him the best in his new learning journey. Read more...
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Latest District Headlines

  • Read the summer District News online now

    webcover The most recent print edition of the Mercer Island School District (MISD) News will arrive in residential mailboxes on Mercer Island this week, but it can be read online now.

    The summer 2014 edition highlights student-centered learning in the district and significant accomplishments by students this spring, including:

    • the five class of 2014 valedictorians;
    • the 2013-14 MISD Teachers of the Year;
    • how teachers at the elementary level are bringing history to life and instilling a passion for learning;
    • what Islander Middle School students are doing to get engaged globally;
    • a high school sophomore who competed in a national theatre competition in New York and met Denzel Washington; and
    • MISD retirements.
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  • Last day schedule for Mercer Island School District

    Next week marks the end of the 2013-14 school year. The high school, middle school and elementary school levels will each end at different times. Read more...
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About West Mercer Elementary

Our students will thrive in the cognitive, global and digital world while sustaining their passion and inspiration for learning.
1. Students will develop positive habits & attitudes toward learning
2. Students will pursue their personal best academic achievement
3. Students will prepare for their future learning and work in the modern world.