Mark Hottowe is the newest member of the ESD 112 Board of Directors. He was appointed in August, 2019 to replace Rainer Houser who resigned effective July 31, 2019. He will be sworn in at the board meeting on August 27, 2019. Hottowe represents Director District 2, which includes Castle Rock, Kelso (partial), Longview, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Ocean Beach, Toutle Lake, and Wahkiakum school districts.

Hottowe has served in various education roles for more than 40 years. His career in education began in 1976 teaching Native American students in Neah Bay, Washington. He then moved on to become an assistant middle school principal in the Sumner School District. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Central Washington University, he served as a middle and elementary school principal in Longview, followed by district administrative roles in the Kelso School District for many years. He received his superintendent’s credential from Washington State University and was hired by the Ocean Beach School District as superintendent in 2011. Hottowe finished his career as superintendent of the Battle Ground School District in 2017.

Hottowe is passionate about the importance of providing social/emotional supports to students so they can succeed academically.  He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is the oldest of seven children. He and his wife Marcie live in Longview.