Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I am honored to be the interim superintendent for the Northshore School District and to serve this great community.
As a life-long educator the start of school signifies a special time of year filled with excitement and possibility. I can remember preparing for school as a student and the enthusiasm and anticipation I felt for the year ahead - excitement about the friends I would make, my teachers, and what I might learn. As I have been out in the community, I see and hear this same hopeful energy from many of our students and their families.
These past few years have tested us, and I am proud of how our Northshore community rose to the challenge. We learned a lot about ourselves, each other, and saw great things happen for students when we worked together. While we may continue to face challenges, it’s time to focus on what we do best – educating students.
Access to high-quality teaching and learning is every student’s right, and it is the District’s responsibility to deliver what each student needs to be successful. This school year, we will be laser-focused on making sure that each and every student receives what they need – when they need it. I am personally committed to making sure Northshore School District is a place your child feels welcome, is known, and is academically challenged and successful.
As interim superintendent I want to build on the strengths of the District and implement proven strategies to address challenges and eliminate barriers to student achievement. This means the District will be investing in additional counselors, student and staff wellness, a new K-5 literacy curriculum, and researched-based teaching practices that improve outcomes for all students but especially our students who are the furthest away from educational justice. We will use data to drive our decisions, monitor progress, and share our learning with the community.
I know the transformational power of a great public education and have seen the positive difference it makes for individuals, families, and communities. The health of our greater community depends on the excellence of our public schools, and I am committed to making them work for every one of our children.
The success of our students also requires the support and involvement of our broader community. Thanks to our generous voters and approval of the Capital Projects Bond, Technology Levy, and Educational Programs and Operations Levy, we can continue to provide critical student support and services now and into the future.
As your interim superintendent I want to continue learning what is working for our students and where there are areas for growth. During the next few months, I look forward to sharing the District’s refreshed Strategic Plan and hearing directly from students, families, staff, partners, and community members. Please visit the District’s website www.nsd.org for engagement dates and details.
Northshore School District can be the best public education system in the nation – providing every student the education and future they deserve. Together we can make students’ hopes and dreams a reality.
Michael TolleyInterim Superintendent