Today I’m pleased to announce that Sarah Pritchett, principal of McClure Middle School, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Schools for the Central Region.
Ms. Pritchett will support the principals and schools in the central region of the city with responsibilities that include coaching principals, coordinating professional development for principals and teachers, strengthening our systems for monitoring and using student data, and conducting frequent learning walks in the schools – all in service of ensuring a world-class, 21st century education for every child in every classroom in the region.
She has been principal at McClure Middle School since 2007, during which time McClure has twice been named a Washington State School of Distinction. Previously, she served as assistant principal at Rose Hill Junior High in Redmond, Washington, as house administrator at Seattle’s Mercer Middle School and as middle school re-entry teacher at Sharples Alternative School, also in our District.
Ms. Pritchett earned a Master’s in school administration from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Washington State University. She holds a Principal’s Certificate and a Teaching Certificate.
The hiring team, which included district administrators and central office staff, appreciated her participation with the Central Region Administrators and as a representative on Principals’ Association of Seattle Schools (PASS). Her active role in these venues will assist her in transitioning to executive director of the central region. Ms. Pritchett replaces Nancy Coogan, who is leaving the District to take over as Superintendent of the Tukwila School District. We wish Nancy well and thank her for her years of service to our students and schools.