Executive Director of Schools Southwest Region
Helen Joung started her career in education as a third grade teacher in Bergen County, New Jersey. She attended The Principal Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City and received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.
After receiving her principal certification, she moved back to Washington in 2006 and was a math coach and educational assistant for Highline Public Schools. She then was appointed as assistant principal in Everett Public Schools in 2007.
Helen’s commitment to urban education led her to Seattle Public Schools in 2012 where she was appointed principal of Olympic Hills Elementary. Helen has demonstrated her commitment to and expertise in eliminating opportunity gaps and accelerating learning for all students. Under Joung’s leadership, Olympic Hills became one of the highest gap-closing elementary schools in the state of Washington and Helen received the 2015-2016 Washington State School of Distinction Award, 2015 OSPI Washington Achievement Award for academic high progress, and 2016 AASA (The School Superintendent’s Association) Educational Administrative National Scholarship Award.
Helen earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington. She is currently enrolled in the Leadership for Learning doctorate program at the University of Washington. Helen will receive her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2018.