Mr. Kniseley received an NROTC scholarship where he attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in History in 1987.
Upon graduation, he was assigned to the USS Enhance, home ported in Tacoma, WA. He deployed twice to the Persian Gulf to support mine-warfare operations during the Iran-Iraq War in 1988 and 1989.
Mr. Kniseley left active duty in late 1990 and spent the next 19 years in the Naval Reserves until retiring after 22 years of service.
In 1994 he earned his teaching credentials from Western Washington University. For the next six years, he taught math and history and coached football and baseball at Mariner High School, Voyager Middle School, and Harbour Pointe Middle School in the Mukilteo School District located north of Seattle, WA.
In June 2000, Mr. Kniseley earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from City University, and accepted his first assistant principal position at Monroe High School, where he also served as district athletic director.
In 2004 he moved to southern California to become an assistant principal at Capistrano Valley High School.
After two years he returned to Washington where he accepted his first principal position at Ridgefield High School, a school of 650 students located near the Washington Oregon border. Ridgefield High School was recognized for some of the highest passing rates on state testing in Clark County.
In 2008, he moved closer to Seattle, and accepted the principal position at Hazen High School in Renton, WA. Hazen High School was a school of nearly 1,500 students and was recognized multiple times for Overall Excellence by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction during his tenure.
In 2013, Mr. Kniseley transitioned to his current position as principal of Kentwood High School. Kentwood High School is in the Kent School District, which is one of the most diverse school districts in the country with over 130 languages spoken. Kentwood is one of the top high schools in the State of Washington as measured by academic, athletic, and co-curricular performance.
Mr. Kniseley has accepted the principal position at Mandarin High School in the Duval Public Schools located in Jacksonville, Florida. He is excited to begin this amazing opportunity.