Besides the traditional favorites like tetherball and four square, students at Dickinson Elementary School and Explorer Community School enjoyed another game at recess this past spring: chess.
Dr. Traci Pierce serves as Chief Executive Officer, providing strategic vision, leadership, and direction to the organization. Dr. Pierce is a skilled educational leader with 22 years of experience in public education. She became Lake Washington School District’s 11th superintendent on July 1, 2012. She leads the district’s strategic efforts to fulfill the district’s mission and vision to graduate Every Student Future Ready. Dr. Pierce believes that in order to achieve its vision, the system must focus on three inter-related learning agendas: student learning, professional learning, and system learning. Her efforts focus on supporting and improving learning at all levels in the organization and accomplishing the goals set forth in the district’s strategic plan.
Dr. Pierce began her career in the Lake Washington School District in 1994. She taught Language Arts, Social Studies, and Leadership at Inglewood Junior High. She then served as an assistant principal and principal at the junior high level. Dr. Pierce joined the central office administration team in 2005, where she first served as the district’s Coordinator of Instructional Technology and then as Director of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Pierce was named Chief Schools Officer in July 2007. She served as Deputy Superintendent, Instructional Services, from July 2010 through June 2012 before being named superintendent in July 2012.
Dr. Pierce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate from the University of Washington and a Master of Education degree and principal certification from City University. In 2009, she earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and superintendent certification from the University of Washington. Her doctoral studies centered on organizational capacity building and systems-level leadership.