Northshore School Board Selects Finalists for
Permanent Superintendent Position
The Northshore School Board has announced three finalists for the 2023-24 superintendent position. Finalists were selected after an extensive public engagement process, including a broad community survey and interviews with staff, students, and families about the desired experience and qualities of the next superintendent. Twenty-seven individuals applied and 8 applicants were moved forward for School Board consideration representing high-performing districts from across the nation.
The final Northshore Superintendent candidates in alphabetical order are:
Dr. Charles McNulty
Dr. Charles McNulty currently serves as Superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is in his fifth term as superintendent of the district which serves a highly diverse student population of more than 12,000 students across 26 schools. He is passionate about equity and excellence in education, which drew him to the Northshore School District and the District’s expressed mission to strengthen our community through excellence in education as well as its commitment to the critical building block of ensuring equitable access to personalized and culturally responsive teaching and learning.
Prior to accepting the Superintendent position at PCSSD, Dr. McNulty worked as Associate Superintendent for the Waterloo Community School District. He was also a superintendent in Southern Wisconsin (Blackhawk School District), a middle school principal (Carl Sandburg Middle School) and Director of Pupil Personnel Services in Illinois, an alternative high school principal in Portland, Oregon, and a teacher in the Longview School District.
He earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, his master’s from Portland State University and his bachelor's from Lewis and Clark College. He is devoted to his wife Yaa Appiah-McNulty, and together, they have four children.
Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift
Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift is a longtime educator, having served as a classroom teacher, principal, and district administrator; she has served as the Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan since 2013.
Dr. Swift delights in working alongside purpose-driven educators, school and district teams, parents and community members, elected and civic leaders, working together to improve opportunities and outcomes for children and the community. She believes that every child deserves to be fully welcomed and embraced at school; at the heart of this work is a shared commitment to ensure educational equity, a culture of dignity and belonging for every child, on every day. Dr. Swift brings a fundamental commitment to inclusion, access, and opportunity for all students.
Continued service to children within a diverse, highly engaged, high-performing community and the unique opportunity to work alongside the exemplary students, team, and families in Northshore motivates her candidacy for the Northshore Superintendent position.
Dr. Swift earned a bachelor’s in Education, with a major in English and a minor in Spanish, at the University of Texas, Arlington, a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Denver.
Mr. Michael Tolley
Mr. Michael Tolley currently serves as the Northshore School District’s Interim Superintendent. He has worked in public education for over 30 years beginning as a teacher and school administrator; a district leader in South Carolina; and the Associate Superintendent for Washington’s largest district, serving a diverse population of 54,000 students.
Mr. Tolley is a lifelong teacher, from a family of educators, and has dedicated his career to supporting students in achieving their educational aspirations. His core values of high integrity, collaboration, transparency, and data-informed decision making have significantly improved outcomes for generations of students. He is excited by the opportunity to continue this work in Northshore.
During his tenure, Mr. Tolley has strengthened Northshore’s commitment to racial and educational justice and ensuring equitable outcomes for each student. He greatly values ongoing collaboration with educators, families, labor partners, the School Board, and the community so that all students achieve their goals.
Prior to serving as the Interim Superintendent, Mr. Tolley was Assistant Superintendent for the East Region in Northshore providing supervision of school leaders and Special Services departments.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, master’s in Education, Education Specialist degree, and superintendent certification from The Citadel.
Dr. Charles McNulty, Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift, and Mr. Michael Tolley will participate in the final round of interviews for the position on March 14 and 15, 2023. Each finalist will participate in a full day of focus group discussions, a school tour, Board interview, and community forum.
The Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Northshore Performing Arts Center (18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011), which is located on the campus of Bothell High School.
Forum participants will be invited to submit questions at the event for the candidates and provide feedback to the School Board - informing their final selection deliberations. Questions will be gathered from the audience before the candidates take the stage. Feedback to the School Board will be collected at the forum or a QR code will also be available.
For individuals not able to attend in person, the Northshore School District will be live streaming the forum. Information about live streaming and how to submit electronic feedback will be provided on the Superintendent Search webpage.
“On behalf of the School Board, I want to thank all of the applicants. We were fortunate to have an exceptional pool of highly qualified, equity-focused superintendent candidates to choose from. Northshore is a high-performing district with bold strategic goals aimed at ensuring each and every student thrives. We are confident in the final candidates’ abilities to accelerate the good work underway to realize our commitments to our students,” shared Board President Jacqueline McGourty.
President McGourty added, “We look forward to the Community Forum, which will provide our students, families, and staff the opportunity to learn more about each candidate and their vision for Northshore and to provide their feedback about the candidates to the Board.”
The Northshore School Board is expected to make a final selection at a Special Meeting of the Board on March 17, 2023. The new superintendent is scheduled to begin July 1, 2023.