LWSD School Board recommends former Inglewood teacher and principal, Traci Pierce, for superintendent

December 6, 2011

By Christopher Huber

New: Dec. 6, 9:59 p.m.

Traci Pierce is the Lake Washington School Board’s preferred candidate to replace outgoing superintendent Chip Kimball, it announced at its Dec. 5 meeting.

The board unanimously voted to approve Pierce, who began her career as a teacher at Inglewood Junior High School in Sammamish as its choice for the next Lake Washington School District superintendent. They cited interest among district leaders and community members in having continuity in major initiatives the district has underway including the grade reconfiguration and building a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics high school.

The board will introduce Pierce to the community through a series of public events and will ask for input on her candidacy. As the candidate search and hiring process has just begun, the district will release a calendar of the events, as well as a date for the final vote on hiring, after the holidays.

“Personally I am thrilled with the decision of the board,” said superintendent Chip Kimball, in a statement. Kimball is leaving for Singapore. “Traci is talented, motivated, and cares deeply about students.”

Pierce is the district’s deputy superintendent for instructional services, a position she’s held since 2010. She has already undergone two extensive interviews with the school board, the district said, which gave them a more thorough, detailed view of her experience than they would get from any outside candidates.

Pierce spent her first six years teaching language arts and social studies at Inglewood before working as a district instructional technology staff development specialist. She then returned to Inglewood as assistant principal and, just a year later, became the school’s principal. Pierce later worked in the central office in several instructional leadership roles and became chief schools officer in July 2007.

She earned her doctorate and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington and her master’s degree from City University.

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