Superintendent Michael Tolley
Michael Tolley is Northshore School District's Superintendent, selected by the Northshore School Board. In March 2023, after a national search, he was selected as the permanent superintendent beginning July 1, 2023.
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.
As your superintendent I want to continue learning what is working for our students and where there are areas for growth.
Every year, I will provide opportunities for families, students, and staff to share their perspectives directly with me and report back what I have learned. I hope you join me in these important conversations. Together we can make students’ hopes and dreams a reality.