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    Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Search Finalists

    The School Board selected the finalist candidates for the next superintendent. They are Denise Juneau, Andre Spencer and Jeanice Kerr Swift.

    The Board voted to authorize contract negotiations with Denise Juneau at the April 4 Regular Board Meeting.

    For more information about the process and timeline, please see the Superintendent Search page.

    Denise Juneau

    Photo of D. JuneauDenise Juneau has spent her adult life ensuring that young people have access to a quality education that can open the doors to a better future. Her work in public schools and leading Montana’s state education agency meant increased opportunities for students, and a collective boost to the state's economy.

    Denise’s story takes her from Head Start to Harvard. After graduating from Browning High School, Denise received her bachelor's degree in English from Montana State University. She continued her education and earned a master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After teaching in North Dakota and Montana and working at the state education agency, Denise set her sights on the legal profession and received her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.

    Denise is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes and a descendant of the Blackfeet tribe. In 2008, she became the first American Indian woman in the country ever elected to an executive statewide office. In 2012, she was reelected to a second term as Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    As Superintendent, Denise launched an unprecedented effort to make sure all Montana students who graduate from high school are prepared for college or military and civilian careers. She developed a statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana, which made a positive difference in more than 50 communities. Graduation Matters Montana brought school, business leaders, community members, students and families together to work toward a common goal – that every student graduate from high school ready to succeed. In just a few years, the state’s graduation rate increased to its highest level ever recorded.

    In her tenure as superintendent, Denise raised academic standards, expanded college and career readiness opportunities and advocated for policies to improve the quality of education in the state and nation.

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    Andre Spencer

    Photo of A. SpencerDr. Andre D. Spencer has been the superintendent of Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado for over five years. Prior to Andre’s arrival in Harrison, he served four years in the United States Army and worked in the Baltimore City Public School System for 13 years as a science teacher, assistant principal, principal, and network team lead (area support superintendent). He also worked in the Houston Independent School District for three years as a school leadership officer (regional superintendent). Andre is an educational leader who strongly believes that all scholars deserve a quality-equitable education that will enable them to become productive learners within society.

    Since arriving in Harrison, Andre has graduated from the National Superintendent Certification program through AASA: The School Superintendents Association. He has been elected to serve as the Superintendents’ Commission Chairperson for the National Alliance of Black School Educators and recognized as the Superintendent of the Year by The Education Center in Denver, Colorado. Andre is a graduate of The Broad Academy Class of 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Master of Science degree in Science (Biology) from Morgan State University, Doctoral Fellowship in Science Education from Morgan State University and a Doctor of Education degree from Capella University. Andre also holds a Strategic Marketing Management Certificate from Rice University, as well as a Human Resource Management Certificate from Southern New Hampshire University.

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    Jeanice Kerr Swift

    Photo of J. Swift Jeanice Kerr Swift, Ph.D. is a lifetime educator, having served as classroom teacher, teacher coach, principal, and school district administrator. She has served as Superintendent of Schools in the Ann Arbor Public Schools since August, 2013.

    Under Dr. Swift’s leadership in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, exciting new programs are opened in schools, achievement is improving, and top-quality academic and arts programming continues to thrive. In addition, critical measures of district strength, such as positive enrollment trajectory and fund equity stability are also improved. Dr. Swift works as a passionate advocate for children, believing each child’s unique talents should be leveraged to meet high expectations for learning and ensure success beyond graduation.

    Jeanice Kerr Swift was named the Michigan Superintendent of the Year, 2018 by the Michigan Association of School Administrators and was recognized as a Superintendent to Watch, 2017-18 by the National School Public Relations Association for demonstrating dynamic leadership with a strong emphasis on communication.

    Dr. Swift delights in working alongside teachers, support staff, and leaders to improve student performance and organizational outcomes. She has long been passionate about the arts, having served as principal of a performing arts school and discovering, through experience, the power of the arts to positively transform individual students, schools, and entire communities.

    Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Jeanice Kerr Swift served Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Curriculum, and Student Services in Colorado Springs School District 11.

    Jeanice Kerr Swift earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a major in English and a minor in Spanish, at the University of Texas, Arlington. She earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at the University of Denver.

    Dr. Swift believes that every child deserves to be fully welcomed and embraced at school and to receive the support needed to succeed within a rich, whole-child, arts-infused school experience. She is committed to engaging with the community to further extend and enhance opportunities for each and every student, on every day of school.

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