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    Denise Juneau Approved as Next Seattle Public Schools Superintendent
    Posted on 04/25/2018
    Denise Juneau smiles for a photo

    Denise Juneau Approved as Next Seattle Public Schools Superintendent

    At the regular School Board meeting on Wed., April 4, the board selected Denise Juneau as its preferred candidate for superintendent, pending successful completion of contract negotiations.

    "I am very honored to be offered the opportunity to join the team at Seattle Public Schools as their next superintendent," said Denise Juneau upon hearing the news she had been voted by the School Board as their top candidate.

    "I am ready to work with the school board to help them achieve their goals of educational equity in outcomes, closing the opportunity gaps, robust engagement with community and parents, and providing a quality education for all students," said Juneau. "During the interview process I learned that SPS is filled with committed and dedicated educators. The students I visited with are smart, creative and ready to lead. I look forward to building on the district’s successes, working with all partners to confront challenges and continue the positive progress already underway."

    The board collected feedback from families, students, staff and community members to develop a profile that included key qualities and preferred experience of the new superintendent.

    Thank you to everyone who took time to provide valuable input during the process. The top candidates were interviewed by the board, labor representatives and the leadership team. The three finalists visited the district for the day and the board conducted final interview following their visits. At the April 25 regular board meeting, the board anticipates voting on a negotiated contract.

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

    Denise Juneau Bio

    Denise 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, a descendant of the Blackfeet Tribe, and the Tlingit and Haida Tribes. 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.

    Read Denise Juneau's Resume