Highline School Board Names Three Finalists for Superintendent Position

The Highline School District Board of Directors on Sunday (Feb. 12) named the three finalists in its search for Highline’s next superintendent:

  • Dr. Susan Enfield, currently interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools
  • Dr. David Engle, Executive Director of Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ
  • Dr. Joshua Garcia, Assistant Superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools

As part of the interview process, each candidate will spend a full day in Highline, meeting staff, parents, and community members. Each day will culminate in a public forum, where the candidate will answer questions from the audience.

Public forums will be held at the Burien City Council Chambers at 400 SW 152nd Street on February 22, 23, and 24, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

People who can’t be present at the forums can watch it live on channel 21 in Burien or on the internet. Viewers will also be able to send in questions via email or Twitter. Video of the forums will also be posted online, so people can watch it later.

Each candidate’s day-long visit will include a breakfast with community leaders; a school visit; meetings with principals, senior leaders, and an advisory committee made up of staff, parents, and community members; and a final interview with the school board. The board will review feedback generated in the public forums and by the other groups who have met the candidate before making a final decision.

The board expects to announce the new superintendent by March 1.

Here’s biographical info on the candidates from the school’s website:

Dr. Susan Enfield
Dr. Susan Enfield is currently the interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools. She came to Seattle as Chief Academic Officer from Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, WA where she served as the Deputy Superintendent from 2006-2009.

Before moving to Washington, she was the Director of Teaching and Learning for Portland Public Schools. Prior to coming to Portland, Dr. Enfield served as the Bureau Director for Teaching and Learning Support for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Dr. Enfield is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned master’s degrees in education from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also earned a doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University with a concentration in the Urban Superintendents Program.

Dr. David Engle
Dr. David Engle served as the Executive Director of Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ and prior to that, as superintendent of North Platte Public School District in Nebraska from 2008 to 2011.

Dr. Engle has been a high school principal in Bellingham Public Schools, Seattle Public Schools and Bellevue Public Schools. He led school transformation efforts in Seattle Public Schools and mentored teams of principals as a facilitator for the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership.

Dr. Engle is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a master’s degree in Computer Education from St. Martin’s University in Lacey and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Seattle Pacific University.

Dr. Joshua Garcia
Dr. Joshua Garcia currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools; before that he was an Executive Director in Federal Way with responsibility for instruction, curriculum, assessment, and supervision of secondary schools.

Dr. Garcia previously served as principal at Federal Way’s Todd Beamer High School and assistant principal at White River High School. He currently is an adjunct professor in the University of Washington’s principal leadership program. From 2009 to 2011, he served as president of Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Dr. Garcia is a graduate of Washington State University and earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington. He holds a doctoral degree in Leadership from Seattle University.


2 Responses to “Highline School Board Names Three Finalists for Superintendent Position”
  1. Marnie Sevores says:

    Curious about Dr. Susan Enfield as I thought I heard Bellevue is interested.

    Curious about Dr. Garcia as I hear good things about Federal Way.

    • Joe Average says:

      Are the good things in Federal Way the fact that they no longer give grades on your kid’s report cards or the fact they no longer have students do homework? I have heard the grade issue has really caused issues with colleges assessing GPA’s and that some students potentially have had scholarship placed in jeopardy. Call me old fashion, that is not the kind of process I would be seeking with a new superintendent.

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