L4L Students

Leadership for Learning attracts a diverse student population, each of whom brings their own personal and professional experiences and abilities to the cohort group. One of the hallmarks of the L4L program is that students collaborate with and learn from each other as well as from the faculty as they proceed through their educational experience.

Click on a student’s name to learn more about their academic and professional background.

Kelly Aramaki
Megan Bale
Rob Baumgartner
Kristina M. Bellamy
Maria Breuder
Marni Campbell
Becky Clifford
Ken Collins
Allison N. Deno
Scott Harrison
Brian Hart
Shannon Hitch
Justin Irish
Scott K. Irwin
Helen Joung
Kimberly Kinzer
Steve Leifsen
Amber McCulloch
Rod Merrell
Pete Misner
Randy Nunez
Sandra Powell
Shelley Shanks Petillo
Sarah J. Pritchett
Luisa Sanchez-Nilsen
Keisha Scarlet
Scott Seaman
Melissa Spencer
Charlotte Stingley
Mia Williams

 

Kelly Aramaki

Current Position:
Executive Director of Schools, Southeast Region
Seattle Public Schools

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, School Administration Certification Teachers College
  • Columbia University, M.A. in Elementary Education
  • University of Washington, B.S. in Zoology and Minor in Music

Previous Experience:

  • Principal, Seattle Public Schools Principal
  • Northshore School District Teacher
  • Bellevue School District

Professional Goal:
To do my part as a teacher and educational leader to deliver equity and excellence to every student.

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Megan Bale

Current Position:
English Language Arts Assessment Specialist
Seattle Public Schools

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, M.Ed. Special Education
  • University of Washington, B.F.A. Industrial Design

Previous Experience:
I began my career as a special education teacher, working primarily with students with learning disabilities. As a special educator, my goal was to maximize student learning and potential by developing and implementing high-quality, rigorous individualized educational programs. Through a student-centered approach, utilization of evidence-based instructional practices, and the development of effective systems of communication and collaboration across school and home settings, I was able to help my students develop the academic and social/emotional skills necessary to succeed within and beyond the classroom. In April of 2015, I left the classroom to work as an English Language Arts Assessment Specialist for Seattle Public Schools. As an assessment specialist, I am working on developing a comprehensive assessment program to support K-12 English Language Arts instruction. I manage interim benchmark assessment content development, train teachers in content review and item development, and provide district-wide professional development on data analysis to inform instruction. I am working with a number of schools on using interim data as a foundation for the development of effective professional learning communities, and I also support individual buildings with creating comprehensive assessment programs to support multi-tiered systems of support.

Professional Goal:
As an educator, I am passionate about achieving equity in schools and giving students the tools they need to succeed beyond the classroom. My goal is to work in service of institutionalizing equity by improving systems and structures at the central office level.

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Rob Baumgartner

Current Position:
Director of Principal Support and TPEP
Edmonds School District

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, M.Ed., School Administration
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S.Ed, Education

Previous Experience:

  • Director of Principal Support and TPEP, Edmonds School District
  • Principal Coach, Edmonds School District
  • Principal, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds School District
  • Assistant Principal, College Place Middle School, Edmonds School District

Professional Goal:
My goal is to advance to a leadership position which allows me to merge my passion and interests in leadership development and school improvement to support building-level leaders as they work to create better educational experiences for all students.

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Kristina M. Bellamy

Current Position:
Founder & CEO
SOAR Academy Public Charter District

Academic Background:

  • University of North Carolina @ Charlotte - BS Criminal Justice
  • Loyola Marymount University - MA Elementary Education
  • University of Alaska Anchorage - M.Ed

Previous Experience:

  • Teach for America Corps Member (Los Angeles Corps Member) - 2002-2004
  • Classroom Teacher (Lynwood, CA and Anchorage, AK) - 2002-2008
  • School Administrator (Principal and Asst. Principal) - 2008-2013
  • Charter School Leadership Fellow (Washington State Charter Schools Association) 2013-2014
  • Founder & CEO - SOAR Academies and SOAR Academy Public Charter Schools - 2013 through Present

Professional Goal:
I am ready to contribute my passion, expertise and commitment on a larger scale; impacting learning across school district boundary lines, for all students in my assigned school district. My professional goal is to receive my doctorate/certification from UW, and become a Superintendent in an urban school district or on a military installation within the DoDEA system.

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Maria Breuder

Current Position:
Principal
Seattle Public Schools

Academic Background:

  • Seattle Pacific University, Principal Certification
  • Lewis & Clark College, Masters of Arts in Teaching
  • Lewis & Clark College, B.A. Psychology

Previous Experience:

  • Principal, Seattle Public Schools
  • Teacher, Seattle Public Schools
  • Teacher, Hillsboro School District

Professional Goal:
I believe that our collaborative efforts will be productive in creating equitable opportunities for all children as they learn to become global citizens. I hope to work with different members of the community (teachers, students, parents, District leaders, other administrators) to provide the highest-quality public education to all children and generations to come. My work with the Leadership for Learning program will help me work with others at all levels of our educational system to reach our goal of supporting the growth, achievement and success for all children.

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Marni Campbell

Current Position:

Seattle Public Schools

Academic Background:

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Previous Experience:

    Professional Goal:

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    Becky Clifford

    Current Position:
    Executive Director of Special Services
    Everett Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • Principal and Program Administrator Certificate, Danforth Educational Leadership, University of Washington, WA
    • Master of Science, Leadership and Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms, Utica College, NY
    • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary & Special Education, SUNY Buffalo, NY
    • Change Management Training and Certification, Prosci, CO
    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification, University of Washington, WA
    • Principles of Project Management Training and Certification, Versatile, WA

    Previous Experience:

    • —Executive Director of Special Services, Everett Public School, Everett WA
    • —Owner, Founder and Educational Consultant of Clifford Consulting, WA
    • —Contractor (Project Manager, Business Analyst, and T&L Liaison for Seattle Public Schools) at Robert Half Technologies, WA
    • —Interim Executive Director/Director of Special Education at Seattle Public Schools, WA
    • —Special Education Supervisor/Consulting Teacher at Seattle Public Schools, WA
    • Administrative Internships in Seattle Public Schools and Lake Washington Public Schools, WA
    • —Elementary Resource Teacher, Oneida School District, NY
    • —Secondary Self-Contained Teacher, Marathon District, NY

    Professional Goal:
    Make a positive impact on the lives of each and every child and shape a system that supports and empowers staff members, families and community members to collectively create an educational environment that assists children in reaching their highest potential.

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    Ken Collins

    Current Position:
    Assistant Superintendent
    Lake Stevens

    Academic Background:

    • Central Washington University, M.Ed Education Administration
    • Washington State University, B.A. History

    Previous Experience:
    I am currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services in the Lake Stevens School District and have been in this position since the fall of 2011. Prior to my current position, I was the Principal at Lake Stevens High School for six years and Associate Principal for one year. I was a teacher and coach at Lake Stevens High school for 12 years before moving to administration after having taught and coached at Marysville Pilchuck High School for six years.

    Professional Goal:
    I want to continue to serve a school district's students, parents, community, instructional and support staff as their Superintendent. I am motivated to continue to improve systems that will support teacher practice and student learning with the ultimate goal of increased levels achievement for all students.

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    Allison N. Deno

    Current Position:
    School Improvement Officer
    Kent School District

    Academic Background:

    • University of Minnesota, B.A.- Spanish & Portuguese
    • Seattle University, MA - Teaching

    Previous Experience:

    • Adult Education - GED; Citizenship Preparation
    • High School ELL and Spanish Teacher
    • Title I Elementary School Principal
    • Past Central Office Leadership Experience - ELL, Title I, LAP
    • Current Central Office Leadeship Experience - School Improvement Officer

    Professional Goal:
    Advocate for and support high quality educational experiences and outcomes for students who are traditionally under-served in public education.

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    Scott Harrison

    Current Position:
    Director of Human Resources
    White River School District

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, B.A., History
    • University of Puget Sound, MAT
    • University of Washington, Danforth

    Previous Experience:
    It has been extremely rewarding to have served in many different roles throughout my career in education including teacher, instructional coach, high school administrator, CTE Director, Director of School Improvement, and now as Human Resources Director.

    Professional Goal:
    To ensure high levels of learning for all students preparing them for success after high school through instructional leadership, advocacy, professional development, strategic resources allocation models, and unwavering support. This includes a tireless dedication to the students in White River, but also those throughout Washington State as we work together to create more equitable outcomes for all students.

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    Brian Hart

    Current Position:
    Exceutive Director of Teaching and Learning
    Sunnyside School District

    Academic Background:

    • Washington State University, Superintendent Certificate
    • Central Washington University, M.Ed., Education School Administration
    • Eastern Washington University, B.A., Secondary Education

    Previous Experience:

    • Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Sunnyside School District, 2010-Present
    • Principal, Sunnyside High School (SHS), 2005-2010
    • Assistant Principal of SHSl, 2001-2005
    • High School Social Studies and Physical Education Teaacher, SHS, 1998-2001
    • High School Social Studies Teacher, Toppenish High School, 1997-1998

    Professional Goal:
    To lead large scale systems focused on improving quality teaching and learning for all students.

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    Shannon Hitch

    Current Position:
    Secondary Special Education Director
    Northshore

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Principal and Program Administrator Certification
    • Central Washington Univeristy, M.Ed, National Certification, School Psychology
    • Seattle University, B.A., Psychology
    • Seattle University, B.A., Humanities

    Previous Experience:
    I am currently a Special Education Director in Northshore School District. Previously I worked in Issaquah School District in a variety of different roles including: Elementary Program Assistant, Early Childhood Specialist, School Psychologist Department Chair, and School Psychologist. Prior to Issaquah, I worked in Bethel, Puyallup and Wahluke School Districts as a School Psychologist. I have experience working with children of all ages and abilities starting with birth to three services through transition programming at ages 18-21. Additionally, I currently serve on the UW Bothell Advisory Board for Special Education programs.

    Professional Goal:
    My goal is to develop innovative special education programs and support services for a culturally and economically diverse school district. I am seeking to promote a culture that believes in serving students of all abilities within an inclusive model. I want to encourage and support teachers, principals and families that are struggling to meet the needs of their students. I am passionate about advocating for multi-tiered systems of support within our schools with particular emphasis upon the meeting the mental health needs of students. I believe that all children can learn and that we need to hold high expectations for ourselves as well as each and every child within our care.

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    Justin Irish

    Current Position:
    Assistant Director
    Edmonds School District

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, B.A., Drama
    • Seattle University, M.Ed
    • Western University, Principal Certification

    Previous Experience:

    • ADMINISTRATIVE / LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

    Edmonds School District, Assistant Superintendent, Aug 2013 - Present

    Edmonds School District serves about 20,000 students and has a thirty percent student qualification for free and reduced lunch and ten percent transitional bilingual qualification.

    Oversight of twenty elementary, two K-8 and one Parent Partnership Program (under Alternate Education Law)

    Oversight of the Diversity, Equity and Outreach department for K-12 system

    Lead the supervision and evaluation of principals and other personnel; provide support and guidance for the selection and leadership of instructional and support staff in schools

    Lead principals in professional development and instructional improvement

    Provide positive, collaborative and visionary leadership for all facets of the district's learning program

    Reconcile conflicts and differences among staff, students, parents, and community members, with a focus on the district's mission

    Guide and support leadership in the planning, design, and use of school facilities

    Actively demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through personal modeling and support for others

    Model educational excellence and equity in District programs, using District performance standards for all students

    Meaningfully engage the community in the work of our district

    Provide leadership in maximizing the use of limited resources to achieve high quality, performance-based learning experiences

    Train, advise, and use shared decision making to achieve high standards for student academic performance

    Promote and facilitate the development of program alignment with learning goals, preschool through high school graduation

    • BUILDING LEVEL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

    College Place Elementary, Principal, Aug 2008 – 2013

    College Place is a socio-economic diverse K-6 school of 450 students within the Edmonds School District. 75% of the student population qualifies for free and reduced lunch. 34% of students qualify as transitional bilingual. There are over 30 different languages represented.

    Facilitating the development, implementation, and stewardship of the school vision in all areas of curriculum, instruction and community building

    Fostering an effective leadership team that oversees the school vision and that advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture focused on student learning

    Developing systems for effective shared decision-making

    Implementing RTI and MTI processes for a continuous cycle of analysis of teaching and learning and student behavior

    Administering all aspects of student discipline

    Ensuring efficient and effective management of the school operations

    Administering all aspects of the hiring process, evaluation process and coaching cycles for classified and certificated staff

    Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources

    Restructuring Natural Leaders, a program of volunteers helping bridge the cultural divide between the American school system and our families’ cultural backgrounds

    Restructuring and strengthening PTA’s vision to represent the diverse cultural background of our student population

    Securing funding for and developing PreK-3 programs: August Kindergarten Jump Start program, Preschool Play and Learn program, PreK-3 Professional Learning Committee for staff

    • TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Echo Lake Elementary, Shoreline School District, 2002-2008

    • Classroom Teacher, Grades 3 and 6

    Professional Goal:
    My goal is to consistently continue to grow as an instructional leader, leading large systems toward effective and equitable outcomes for each and every student. I have a strong passion for instructional and equity leadership - managing and leading complex systems to reach a common vision while, at the same time, developing lasting relationships with all constituent groups. Leadership, like juggling, is an art form. I find value working in a dynamic environment, juggling multiple balls into the air while prioritizing and strategizing which to throw higher and which to keep close at hand, while at the same time, negotiating unexpected objects thrown into the rotation. This juggling act of leadership is an art form - an art I want to continue to develop day after day, ultimately impacting how teachers teach and how students learn. As Leonardo DiVinci says, "Choose work which does not die when you do. Choose work which may bring you honor. Choose work, which by nature makes you worthy of who you are." My goal is to work with others who value this art of leadership and who, ultimately, choose to leave a legacy for lasting change.

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    Scott K. Irwin

    Current Position:
    Director of Secondary Student Services
    Shoreline Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • Western Washington University, Principal Certification
    • University of Puget Sound, Master of Arts in Teaching, K-8
    • Elementary & K-12 Music Education
    • University of Puget Sound, Bachelor of Music in Education

    Previous Experience:

    • Director of Secondary Student Services, Shoreline Public Schools, 2015-present
    • Director of Categorical Programs, Marysville School District, 2013-2015
    • Principal, Liberty Elementary & Allen Creek Elementary, Marysville School District, 2004-2013
    • Dean of Students, Discovery Elementary & Olivia Park Elementary, Mukilteo School District, 2003-2004
    • Teacher, Challenger Elementary, Mukilteo School District, 1999-2003

    Professional Goal:
    To effectively work with educational leaders at all levels in school systems to increase the educational opportunity and outcomes for historically underserved students.

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    Helen Joung

    Current Position:
    Principal
    Seattle Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, B.A.,Psychology
    • Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A., Curriculum and Instruction
    • Teachers College, Columbia University. M.Ed., Educational Leadership

    Previous Experience:
    I started my teaching career in New Jersey and New York City. Since then, I have been a math coach, dean of students, and assistant principal in Highline and Everett Public Schools. I am currently an elementary principal at Olympic Hills in Seattle public schools.

    Professional Goal:
    My professional goal is to close the achievement gap! I wake-up every morning knowing I can make a difference in the lives of students who are historically marginalized. I hope to sharpen my race and equity lens through L4L so that I am one step closer in achieving this goal.

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    Kimberly Kinzer

    Current Position:
     

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Doctoral Student, Leadership for Learning, 2016
    • Vera Whole Health, Wellness Coaching Certificate, 2013
    • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, Administrator Certificate, 2004
    • Seattle University, Master in Teaching, 1993
    • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts-English, 1988 

    Previous Experience:

    • Co-developed workshop for school leaders on the importance of PreK-3 alignment, assessment and transition

    • Provided ongoing feedback to principals, teachers and District Leadership and Grants Office around state-determined criteria for high quality kindergarten instruction

    School Leader’s Institute: Professional Learning Communities    2010

    Seattle School District

    • Collaborated with school leaders to develop a seminar on PLC’s

     

    Professional Presentations/Publications

    • Leadership and Wellness, Highline Public Schools    2014

    • Washington Educational Research Association, “P-3 Cross-District Implementation of WaKids” SeaTac, Washington       2012

    • Starting Strong, “Culture Based Education” Spokane, WA   2011

    • District Leadership Institute, “PreK-3, Why it Matters” Seattle, WA  2011

    • School Leader’s Institute, “Professional Learning Communities”   2010

    • North American Montessori Association, “Language Arts as Process:   2002

    Creative Approaches to Writer’s Workshop” Baltimore, MD

    • North American Montessori Association,      2002

    “Finding Flow in Adolescent Expression” Portland, Oregon

    • North American Montessori Association Journal (Vol. 26, #2):     2002

    “Finding Flow in Adolescent Self-Expression.”

     

    Honors and Awards                                        

    Great Schools Recipient, Daniel Bagley Elementary School    2009-2011

    The Center for Educational Effectiveness     

    •  Recognized in Washington State as highest improving in reading and math 

    Parent, Teacher, Student Association, Principal of the Year    2010  Daniel Bagley Elementary School, Seattle School District

     

      Professional Goal:

      In the next five years, it is my goal to see our opportunity gap decline by fifty percent. My commitment to the 4,800 children I help to serve is to offer them equity-focused building leaders that hire and support teachers who not only have the growth mindset, but who are skilled at creating critical thinkers, readers, writers, mathematicians and community members who care for one another.

      I want to continue to be in a leadership position that influences change. I am committed keeping students at the center of the work I do each and every day. This will require me to commit to bringing together principals, teachers, central office staff, and community members to collectively problem solve the adult issues in education. This will require courage, a learner stance, a growth mindset, reflection and most of all, continued optimism.

      Coaching and collaborating with principals to be reflective decision makers—to be learners, seek out challenges, have courage and lead for equity is my primary goal. It is through this work that our strategic plans, such as ensuring 19 out of 20 of our students will meet or exceed standards in key areas and at key points in their educational experience in Highline, can be a reality.

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      Steven Leifsen

      Current Position: 
      Director of Special Services, Instructional Leadership and Support
      Chief Sealth Schools

      Academic Background:

      • Pacific Lutheran University, M.Ed., School Leadership
      • Pacific Lutheran University, B.A.E., Elementary Education, Special Education

      Previous Experience:

      Puyallup School District 1997 - Present

      Teacher of students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 1997 - 2002

      Sixth grade teacher 2002-2004

      Elementary School Assistant Principal 2004-2006

      Junior High School Assistant Principal 2006-2011

      High School Assistant Principal 2011-2012

      Elementary School Principal 2012-2013

      Professional Goal:

      As an educator it has always been my passion to uncover and meet the needs of previously marginalized students.  It has been my long-held belief that creating systems within which students may access equitable educational opportunities to build school and career skills is the most sure way to create positive, successful students and to break cycles of poverty within our communities.  It is my goal to continue to serve school communities and to realize the potential of all students, regardless of circumstance or prior limitations.

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      Amber McCulloch

      Current Position:
      K-12 Science Specialist

      Academic Background:

      • Seattle Pacific University, B.A., Communication
      • Central Washington University, B.A., Elementary Education
      • Walden University, M.S. Ed., Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

      Previous Experience:

      K-12 Science Specialist at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Science Teaching and Learning; Program and Professional Development Coordinator at Washington State LASER; K-12 Science and Math Specialist at ESD 105 and Ellensburg School District; elementary teacher Ellensburg and Quincy School Districts.

        Professional Goal:

        Lead state-wide science efforts around the implementation of Washington State’s Science Learning Standards (Next Generation Science Standards) and STEM education for all students. 

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        Rod Merrell

        Current Position:

        Principal, Mount Vernon High School
        Mount Vernon School District

        Academic Background:

        • Western Washington University, Principals Credential
        • University of Washington, M.Ed.
        • University of Washington, 4-12 English Certification
        • University of Washington, B.A. English

        Previous Experience:

        Principal, Mount Vernon High School
        July 2011 to Present

        Principal, Langley Middle School
        July 2006 to June 2011

        Assistant Principal, Mountlake Terrace High School
        July 2004 to June 2006

        English Teacher, Coupeville High School
        Sep 1995 to June 2004

        English Teacher, Issaquah High School
        Sep 1992 to June 1995

          Professional Goal:

          My professional goal is to continue to develop my skills as a leader and work with other leaders, teachers, community members and students to create and nurture a district culture where all students have access to high quality instruction and learning.

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          Pete Misner

          Current Position:
           

          Academic Background:

          • University of Washington Danforth Program, School Administration Certificate
          • City University, Masters in Teaching
          • Western Washington University, B.A., History

          Previous Experience:

           Pete Misner is the Associate Director and Senior Lecturer for the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. He has also served the Danforth program as a Corbally Principal in Residence and mentors Danforth graduates. Misner previously spent a decade as an elementary school principal in the Northshore School District. Through his work as a building-level leader, Misner brings a deep knowledge of data use and inquiry-processes as well as a focus on collaboration, distributed leadership and culture shaping for improved leadership and learning. 

            Professional Goal:
            My professional goal is to be lead for equity and excellence. Equity will exist when traits such as socio-economic level, ethnicity, gender, etc. are no longer predictive in regards to educational and societal outcomes.

            Misner's current research and writing interests are focused on the intersection between accountability, motivation and inquiry-based improvement. Additionally, Misner is passionate about providing interactive data visualizations that inform and inspire educators.

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            Randy Nunez

            Current Position:
             

            Academic Background:

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            Previous Experience:

              Professional Goal:

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              Shelley Shanks Petillo

              Current Position:
              Principal, Gateway Middle School, Everett Public Schools

              Academic Background:

              • Seattle University, M. Ed.
              • Michigan State University, K-8 Education Certification
              • Michigan State University, B.A.

              Previous Experience:

                Principal, Gateway Middle School, Everett Public Schools

                Instructor, Western Washington University

                Principal, Penny Creek Elementary, Everett Public Schools

                Principal, English Crossing Elementary, Lakewood School District

                Teacher, Hillcrest Elementary, Lake Stevens School District

                Professional Goal:
                My professional goal is to continue to bring excellence to building leadership through creating equity and access in school programs. I plan to continue my work in creating equitable systems through personnel and hiring practices, and one day aspire to work in human resources at the district level.

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                Sandra Powell

                Current Position:
                 

                Academic Background:

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                Previous Experience:

                  Professional Goal:

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                  Sarah J. Pritchett

                  Current Position:
                  Executive Director of Schools, Central Region, Seattle Public Schools

                  Academic Background:

                  • Western Washington University, M. Ed
                  • Western Washington University, K-8 Certification
                  • Washington State University, B.S., Psychology

                  Previous Experience:
                  Executive Director of Schools, Central Region Seattle School District

                  Principal, McClure Middle School, Seattle School District

                  Assistant Principal, Rose Hill Junior High, Lake Washington School District

                    Professional Goal:

                    My professional goal is to provide leadership in an educational system that is focused on equity, interrupting the cycle of failure for students of color and creating a model for a highly functioning school district for all students.

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                    Luisa Sanchez-Nilsen

                    Current Position:
                     

                    Academic Background:

                    •  

                    Previous Experience:

                      Professional Goal:

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                      Keisha Scarlett

                      Current Position:
                       

                      Academic Background:

                      • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, Principal and Program Manager Certification
                      • Heritage University, M.I.T. and Elementary Certification
                      • Clark Atlanta University, B.S., Chemistry/Mathematics

                      Previous Experience:
                       I am currently serving as a Principal Leadership Coach for Seattle Public Schools Leadership Development Department. I coach and mentor novice principals as well as facilitate professional learning for Assistant Principals and other leadership pipeline programs for aspiring school leaders and principals.

                      Prior to my role at Leadership Coach, I was principal of South Shore PK-8 School in Seattle School district. This is my 17th year with Seattle Public Schools where I have served as a middle school math, science and technology teacher, STAR Consulting Teacher, and middle school math coach.

                        Professional Goal:

                        To cultivate cross-sector networks of educators, business leaders, community and non-profit stakeholders committed to institutionalizing social justice through equitable access to high-quality public education for all students.

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                        Scott Seaman

                        Current Position:
                        Director of Professional Development, Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP)

                        Academic Background:

                        • Washington State University, Superintendent's Certification
                        • Seattle University, M.Ed, Educational Leadership
                        • Washington State University, B.A., Spanish, 7-12 Certification

                        Previous Experience:

                        Association of Washington School Principals, Director of Professional Development

                        Tumwater High School, Principal

                        Tumwater High School, Assistant Principal

                        Capital High School, Spanish Teacher

                          Professional Goal:

                          To make a difference in the lives of all students across our state and country by leading and advocating for educational reform that eliminates inequities and achievement gaps in our current systems.

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                          Melissa Spencer

                          Current Position:
                          Program Administrator of Elementary Standards Based Instruction and Professional Learning
                          Federal Way Public Schools

                          Academic Background:

                          • Johns Hopkins University, MAT
                          • University of Notre Dame, B.A., English

                          Previous Experience:

                          Currently I am the Program Administrator of Elementary Standards Based Instruction and Professional Learning in Federal Way Public Schools. Prior to taking on this role, I was a literacy program specialist in the Kent School District. I have been a literacy coach, Reading Recovery teacher, and classroom teacher in grades 1, 2, and 4.

                            Professional Goal:

                            My professional goal is to work at a systems level to ensure that each and every child has equitable access to high quality instruction.

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                            Charlotte Stingley

                            Current Position:
                            Principal, Isaac Stevens Middle School, Pasco School District

                            Academic Background:

                            • Heritage University, Principal Credentials   
                            • Heritage University, Master of Education in Professional Development
                            • Eastern Washington University, Bachelors of Arts in Teaching      
                            • Columbia Basin College, Associates Arts and Science

                            Previous Experience:

                            Principal- Isaac Stevens Middle School (Pasco, Washington) July 2013 - Current

                            Assistant Principal - Pasco High School (Pasco, Washington)July 2006 - June 2013
                            Instructional Coach – New Horizons High School (Pasco, Washington) June 2003 - June 2006

                            Teacher – Pasco High School (Pasco, Washington) August 1996-June 2003

                            Taught multiple disciples; Health, Physical Education, English and Social Studies 

                            Presentations: ASCD Conference 2011, WASA/AWSP Summer Conference 2000

                              Professional Goal:

                              The next three years of my professional career will consist of earning my Doctorate degree through the Leadership for Learning program as well as my Superintendent certification.  To affect institutional change educational leaders must be willing to demonstrate their commitment to honing their craft which should be grounded in equity and guided by current educational research.  Achieving a terminal degree is important to me as an educational leader because I want to attain a deeper knowledge base, access resources and learn through rigorous experiences that prepare me to meet the demands of an ever-changing and complex educational system. Attaining my superintendent credential will allow me to broaden and deepen my leadership skills so I can make decisions which will positively influence children and impact the educational environments at the school, district and state levels. In pursuing these endeavors, my overarching goal is to ensure equity and excellence within the school systems which I am afforded the opportunity to lead.

                              An equity focused leader must be a catalyst for action and be able to lead all members of an educational setting to achieve the changes needed to develop the system to the fullest. A common set of educational underpinnings and theories of action should guide the work throughout the system. Priorities should be established and decision making matrices developed and used to guarantee that the system is equitable and the needs of all students are protected.  Under my leadership, mechanisms will be identified to ensure that the voice of all stakeholders within a system have a forum to be heard. As a system leader focused on equity, I will develop leaders within the system and ensure that the building leaders continue to grow professionally and have the capacity to grow the educators within their sphere of influence. Through strong and skilled leadership, I believe schools will be able to achieve new levels of student achievement and best prepare our children to meet the demands of the ever changing world.

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                              Mia Williams

                              Current Position:
                              Principal, Aki Kurose Middle School, Seattle Public Schools

                              Academic Background:

                              • University of Washington, Seattle,Doctoral Candidate in Education–2018
                              • University of Washington, Seattle, Principal Certification
                              • University of Washington, Seattle, M.Ed
                              • Central Washington University, Ellensburg,P-12 Certification

                              Previous Experience:

                              2008 – Present Principal Aki Kurose Middle School, Seattle

                              2004 – 2008 Assistant Principal Denny Middle School, Seattle

                              2001 – 2004 Assistant Principal Salmon Bay School, Seattle

                              1996 – 2001 Teacher Coho/NOMS/Salmon Bay School, Seattle

                              1995-1996 Teacher Rainier Beach High School, Seattle

                              1995 Teacher John Marshall Alternative, Seattle

                                Professional Goal:

                                My mission is to be a visionary, student-centered, equity-focused, data-informed and growth-minded, reflective learner, and collaborative leader, where each and every student is given the skills and support necessary to achieve academic and social-emotional success. It is my goal to be a change agent at the district and/or state level as an equity-focused building leader, educational consultant, principal mentor, or superintendent to better ensure students get what they deserve—the best education—regardless of who they are.

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