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    Dr. Concie Pedroza Named Chief of Student Supports
    Posted on 08/07/2019
    Dr. Concie Pedroza

    Dr. Concie Pedroza has been named Seattle Public Schools’ Chief of Student Supports. Dr. Pedroza will provide oversight of the district’s Advanced Learning, Special Education, Athletics, and Student Enrollment departments. Dr. Pedroza will report directly to Superintendent Denise Juneau and begins her new position on September 1, 2019.

    In response to school feedback, this cabinet-level position will help improve coordination and integration of a continuum of student services. The position has been restructured to better meet the unique needs of our students, their families, and provide a higher level of support to school staff.

    “Dr. Pedroza has been a constant advocate and change-maker for our students. As a parent, teacher, and leader within Seattle Public Schools, she knows firsthand that each student is unique and needs to be honored for what they contribute to our school communities. I am excited to see how she transforms the Department of Student Support Services to advance the district’s mission, vision, and new strategic plan, Seattle Excellence. Please help me in welcoming Concie, a powerful educational leader, to this new role,” stated Denise Juneau, Superintendent.

    Dr. Pedroza’s educational career began in 1992 as a teacher leader at Thurgood Marshall, John Stanford International School, and Bailey Gatzert Elementary. She served as an elementary principal in Everett Public Schools and returned to Seattle in 2010 as the principal of Orca K-8. Under her leadership, Orca K-8 earned three consecutive School of Distinction awards for student growth and performance. Dr. Pedroza was then selected to be the founding principal of Seattle World School (SWS), a school that supports newly arrived students representing over 35 languages. Within two years, SWS earned high school accreditation, increasing opportunity and access for enrolled students. During that time, she was recognized for her authentic work with families and community partners. She also has extensive experience coaching adult learners. She is a former Principal Leadership Coach, directly supporting the professional growth of twenty school leaders and, most recently, was Seattle Public Schools’ Director of the Department of Racial Equity and Advancement.

    Dr. Pedroza brings over fifteen years of experience working in special education, advanced learning, and athletics to this new position. In Everett Public Schools alone, she worked on district-level initiatives to address: overrepresentation of bilingual (ELL) students in special education; development of an advanced learning profile and report card for gifted learners; 504 training for Paraeducators and guidelines for multidisciplinary teams providing wraparound student supports. In her role as school leader, Dr. Pedroza consistently worked alongside her staff to create opportunities for every student focused on student growth and meaningful experiences for learning. In her current role, she partnered with the NAACP Youth Coalition in co-designing SPS’s first student voice summit for racial justice and has collaborated with the Seattle Council PTSA and SPS departments on providing supports to schools to better respond hate and bias incidences.

    “I am so excited about this opportunity and the potential to dramatically improve outcomes for students; but more importantly to create culturally-responsive programming so that each child can grow meaningfully in areas of self-identity and problem-solving that lead to the highest standards of excellence,” shared Dr. Pedroza.

    Seattle Public Schools is thrilled to welcome Dr. Pedroza into this new role and looks forward to supporting her visionary leadership to create change for our students.