Dear Seattle Public Schools families, community and staff:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marni Campbell, current Executive Director of Special Education, as the new Executive Director of Schools to support the Northwest Region.
A proven instructional leader who has spent the past 10 years working with principals, district leaders and families in Seattle Public Schools, Ms. Campbell will be a tireless advocate for ensuring excellence for every student by raising expectations and making sure that all of our students have access to high-level instruction.
Ms. Campbell is committed to building on the foundation that has been established by former Northwest Region Director Brianna Dusseault, who was recently appointed to serve as a second Executive Director of Schools for the District’s Southeast Region.
Ms. Campbell is a long-time Seattle resident with three children who attended Seattle Public Schools. She received her educational training through the University of Washington and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also worked as an assistant principal at Mercer Middle School and as a principal at both Eckstein Middle School and Nathan Hale High School.
Her background as an instructional leader is critical: We rely on our Executive Directors of Schools to be in every school in the region to support our principals, who in turn support our teachers. We know quality teaching is the number-one factor for student success. Our Executive Directors of Schools are key to ensuring there is high-quality teaching in every single classroom.
Becky Clifford, our current Director of Special Education, will serve as the Interim Executive Director of Special Education while the district conducts a nationwide search to fill Ms. Campbell’s position. We will be sending out communications soon to parents of students who receive special education services, asking what qualities they want to see in their next leader.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.
Susan Enfield, Ed.D.
Seattle Public Schools
I personally believe this is a better fit for Marni (based on my interactions with her as principal at Eckstein and then at Hale) but time will tell. It may mean better things for Special Ed parents especially if they are allowed any input on the selection of a new head of Special Ed.