Superintendent Denise Juneau
Superintendent Denise Juneau has championed equitable access to education throughout her career. An enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa tribes, she grew up on the Blackfeet Indian reservation. She has worked in classrooms, state agencies, and in law; and in 2008, she became the first American Indian woman to be elected to a statewide office, when she became the superintendent of public instruction in the state of Montana.
Upon her arrival as the leader of Washington’s largest K-12 school district, she set out on a comprehensive Listen and Learn tour to build a longer table and invite new perspectives into the conversation. From the feedback gathered, the district has adopted a bold five-year strategic plan focused on supporting students furthest from educational justice. Under her leadership, the district has passed two significant levies, successfully bargained a 3-year contract with the Seattle Education Association and launched the Department of African American Male Achievement. She also established the district’s first Student Advisory Board, to ensure the student voice is represented in district decision- making.
Superintendent Juneau is deeply committed to ensuring each Seattle Public Schools student graduates ready for college, career, and community.