District Spotlight: Enumclaw Superintendent Named 2019 Washington State Superintendent of the Year!

Dec 07, 18

District Spotlight: Enumclaw - Michael Nelson

Enumclaw Superintendent Named 2019 Washington State Superintendent of the Year

Michael Nelson increased engagement—and achievement—of Native students

SPOKANE—Michael Nelson, superintendent of Enumclaw School District, was named the 2019 Superintendent of the Year on Friday by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA). The announcement was made at WASA’s Superintendent Component meeting in Spokane. The award is designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents and pay tribute to those who lead our public schools.   

“During the past 11 years as superintendent, Mike has provided a clear vision for equity, excellence, and respect. He has fostered the creation of systems that ensure all students are learning and achieving. Mike’s unwavering commitment to a student-centered culture has yielded impressive results. He believes that relationships, high expectations, and a relentless pursuit of equity are the foundation for school and school district success,” said WASA Executive Director Joel Aune.  “Mike brings a humble and caring demeanor to the work, taking satisfaction in the excellence of the staff and the success of the students in the Enumclaw schools. He is an excellent example of our profession, and a great leader for public education,” Aune added. “We congratulate Mike on this well-deserved honor and thank him for the wonderful things he is doing for children and young people.”

Under Nelson’s leadership, the Enumclaw School District gave significant effort and made progress to rise above the statistics to close the gaps for their Native students. Enumclaw redesigned and expanded the role of their Cultural Support Program, building relationships and partnerships with Native students and their families, to create a great foundation to build greater capacity and understanding of the Native students’ rich culture and history among all students, staff members, and community by infusing the value of equity in their system.  

Click here to read more on the WASA Press Release

We are so proud of the achievements of our Cooperative districts and students! To learn how to become a part of the WSIPC Cooperative, visit our website or contact us at info@wsipc.org or 425.349.6600.

WSIPC is a non-profit cooperative that provides technology solutions (including Skyward), services, and support to K-12 schools. WSIPC’s purpose is to help schools do more with every dollar and to empower them with the tools to work smarter.