“I see great potential,” he said.
Shea stressed that school districts should be open to creative, inventive students to help direct what the district should be teaching.
"We have top open up our minds: It's not what we think it takes for kids to be successful, it's what they think it takes to be successful," he said.
Shea’s own educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Whitworth University in 1986, a Master of Arts degree in teaching reading from Whitworth in 1994, a P-9 Principal Certification from Whitworth in 1998 and his Washington state superintendent certification from Washington State University in 2008.
"I enjoy being a leader," Shea said. "At this point, it's become a superintendent or go back and be an elementary school principal."