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Principal, Russ Wilsterman

This is Mr. Wilsterman’s 5th year as Principal of CMS. Mr. Wilsterman taught Spanish at the high school and middle school levels and then became an assistant principal in Dallas, Texas before relocating to Washington. Here in Washington he worked as an assistant principal in the Mount Vernon school district before coming to Marysville.

Mr. Wilsterman loves working with middle schoolers and will miss the face to face interactions and daily fist bumps this year. He plans to send out video messages to families from time to time so you should hopefully recognize him and greet him when we are back in person.

Mr. Wilsterman has five daughters, two of which are also in Middle School this year. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and going running with his wife. Each summer he and his wife co-captain a Ragnar Team which is a 200ish mile relay race. He also enjoys playing basketball, pickleball, and disc golf with his friends. 

Mr. Wilsterman

Assistant Principal, Matt Arnold

Students and Families, 

I am excited to start my first year as Assistant Principal here at Cedarcrest.  Last year I came to Cedarcrest as a counselor, and enjoyed getting to know students and families.  One of my main goals for students is that they like coming to school.  I look forward to helping our students connect to school and develop their passion for life.  

I am newer to Cedarcrest, but I am not new to Middle School.  I have twenty years experience working in Middle School.  I am from Washington State, however the majority of my Career has been in California.  I have worked at both the High School and Elementary levels, and Middle School is my favorite.  I am here to serve our wonderful Cedarcrest students and I thank you for the opportunity.

Family is very important to me.  I am married to my wonderful wife, Mindy, and we have two boys Malachi (8th grade) and Marshall (4th grade).  It just hit me this year that I will soon have a student in High School.  It feels like he just started middle school and now he is in his last year.  Middle school is the fastest of all levels.  So let’s work hard, be nice, and have a fun year.  



Our Cedarcrest Commitment


We will foster an environment where all students will believe in their ability to excel academically, socially, and emotionally through the collaborative efforts of the community, students, and school staff.


We engage all members of the school and community to create high expectations and promote equitable practices to empower all students to reach their personal and educational potential. We are committed to knowing our students strengths and needs, including factors and variables that may not be easily identified.