Michael Tolley was selected by the Northshore School Board to serve as Interim Superintendent for the 2022-23 school year

Interim Superintendent Michael Tolley

Michael Tolley is Northshore School District's Interim Superintendent, selected by the Northshore School Board to serve for the 2022-23 school year. In March 2023, after a national search, he was selected as the permanent superintendent beginning July 1, 2023.


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Mr. Tolley previously was the Assistant Superintendent for the East Region in the Northshore School District. In this role, he provided direct supervision of school leaders as well as oversight of Special Services departments including Special Education, Student Services, and Accelerated Models and Programs. Previously, Mr. Tolley served as Assistant and Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, as well as Chief Academic Officer for Seattle Public Schools. In his early years with Seattle, Mr. Tolley was Director of High Schools, where he supervised school leaders at all 18 high schools in the district. He also served as Executive Director of Schools, Southeast Region, supervising K-12 school leaders. 

Before moving to Washington State, Mr. Tolley’s years as an educator were spent in the Charleston County School District and the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. There, he spent 17 years in the classroom as a biology/marine biology teacher and chairperson of the Science Departments. Tolley served in roles as Assistant Principal, Principal and Interim Associate Superintendent while in South Carolina.

Mr. Tolley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston (1980). He went on to earn his Master’s in Education (1987), as well as his Education Specialist degree and Superintendent certification (2004) from The Citadel. He currently holds superintendent and principal certifications in both Washington and South Carolina.

Listen and Learn Tour

Between August and January 2023, Interim Superintendent Tolley implemented a comprehensive Listen and Learn tour.

The purpose of the tour was to introduce stakeholders, including staff, to the refreshed five-year Strategic Plan, grow Interim Superintendent Tolley’s knowledge of the District, and provide an intentional and inclusive structure for two-way communication with the Northshore School District community and stakeholders.

Read More About the Listen And Learn TourREAD THE LISTEN AND LEARN REPORT


From The Desk of The Interim Superintendent

To keep families, staff, and community members up to date with all of the great things happening in Northshore, Mr. Tolley maintains a weekly blog. View all blog posts...




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