Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn (PhD '99), superintendent of Everett Public Schools since 2009, has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).

Cohn, who earned his doctorate in education and superintendent leadership credentials from the University of Washington College of Education, was honored for his leadership in Everett, which is recognized statewide and nationally for student achievement.

The district’s most recent four-year graduation rate was 90 percent, while its five-year graduation rate was 94.5 percent. The district also has the highest graduation rate for English-language learners in the state.

“Washington state is fortunate to have such talented superintendents leading our public schools," said Dr. Bill Keim, WASA executive director. “Dr. Gary Cohn is an outstanding selection from that group to serve as our state’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year. Gary exemplifies a deep commitment to the success of all students along with the knowledge and skills to translate that vision into reality for Everett’s students and community.”

As the state’s Superintendent of the Year, Cohn also will be a candidate for the 2017 American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Award. The national award will be announced in March at the AASA National Conference on Education in New Orleans.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected Washington’s Superintendent of the Year,” Cohn said. “Anyone involved in schools today knows this type of recognition is an indicator of an outstanding team of professionals in a school district: teachers, principals, support staff, district leaders, and school board directors who are committed to the success of each student. Everett’s team is truly exceptional in working with students, families, community, and partners to remove barriers to success, and in its unwavering commitment to continuous improvement in student achievement. It is a great privilege to serve as superintendent of Everett Public Schools, to be able to work with so many outstanding professionals committed to ensuring each student graduates career and college ready."

Everett Public Schools serves more than 19,700 students in 26 schools and employs more than 2,000 certificated and classified staff.

Cohn first joined the district in 2009. Before that he was superintendent of the Port Angeles School District. He also has served as vice president of Lake Washington Technical College and coordinator/supervisor for the Lake Washington School District.


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