Superintendent Search

The Northshore Board of Directors will launch a formal process to seek the next superintendent of our school district. 

The School Board is committed to a transparent and thorough process, and invite you to return to this page for updates that will include more details about how community members, families, students, and staff may engage in the process moving forward, the anticipated timeline, and other updates.


At its June 27 regular board meeting, the Board of Directors of the Northshore School District officially named Michael Tolley as the District’s Interim Superintendent for the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Tolley’s contract begins July 1 and will end June 30, 2023. See below for Mr.Tolley's message to the community.


Message from Interim Superintendent Tolley

Dear Northshore Community,

It is an honor to be selected as the interim superintendent for the Northshore School District. I want to thank the Northshore School Board for their continued leadership and for trusting me with this responsibility and the opportunity to serve our students, families, staff, and the entire Northshore community.

We all owe a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Michelle Reid. Her six years of leadership have propelled the Northshore School District forward and upward. I have enjoyed working as a part of her leadership team over the past three years as assistant superintendent for the East Region.

During that time, I have listened and learned from students, families, and staff. When concerns were raised in these conversations, I worked to improve the learning experiences and academic outcomes for every student.

As interim superintendent, I look forward to continued listening, learning, and building relationships with our diverse Northshore community members across all of our regions. Your voice matters. As is my preference, I will also reflect on data prior to taking action that will build on our existing major initiatives and programs.

As your interim superintendent, I am committed to ensuring that each of our more than 22,000 students has equitable access to high-quality teaching and learning. I am also deeply committed to continuing implementation of our District’s Strategic Plan including culturally responsible teaching and learning, strong relationships with families and the community, professional learning and supports for district staff, and data-informed needs-based resource allocation.

Ultimately, I am the one person responsible for everything that does or does not happen in our classrooms. This is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I know all staff also take responsibility for the education of each and every one of our students. We are particularly focused on those who are furthest from educational justice — many of our students of color, our students with disabilities, and our multilingual learners. Let me be clear though, when we achieve racial and educational justice, every student and staff member will benefit. Further, our community will benefit.

We all recognize that the past two-and-a-half years have been extremely challenging for everyone, especially our students and our staff. There is a lot of work to do as we continue to address the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our entire Northshore community.

I can’t do this alone. This has been, and will continue to be, a collaborative effort that brings us all together to focus on the needs of each and every student.

I greatly appreciate the support of the Northshore community, both in our day-to-day work, and in approving our recent school bond and levies. Thank you for your continued trust in our school district.

This summer, our focus is on preparations for a smooth start to the 2022-23 school year. As we move forward, I will be reaching out to Northshore staff and to members of our community to ensure that we can continue to work together to effectively meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. Our mission is to strengthen our community through excellence in education. Together, let’s work to make sure the Northshore School District continues to be a destination for families seeking an outstanding educational experience for their learners as well as for dedicated educators and staff.

Thank you again for this opportunity to serve the Northshore community. We are better together.


Michael Tolley

Interim Superintendent


About Interim Superintendent Tolley

Michael Tolley is the Assistant Superintendent for the East Region in the Northshore School District. In this role he provides 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. Read more about Mr. Tolley 




The full timeline is being determined and will serve as a calendar of important dates and milestones in the community input and selection process. It will be updated as needed.

Commitment to a Comprehensive and Transparent Process

The Northshore School District School Board is moving forward in the search for the next Superintendent of our district. They will work with Dr. Reid to ensure a smooth transition while they also develop the process and timeline for identifying a qualified educator to fill this leadership role.

Thank you to Dr. Reid for her leadership over the past six years. During this timeframe, Northshore School District has maintained some of the highest graduation rates in the state and has been recognized for steady and significant progress toward equitable and inclusive practices, including two elementary schools that serve as state demonstration sites for inclusive practices. We will be looking for someone to continue the legacy of high-quality education for Northshore School District. To read more about Dr. Reid’s accomplishments during her tenure visit here.