Overview of superintendent's interim replacement

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 2 at 10:16 PM

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Public Schools' board appointted district-insider Susan Enfield, currently the district's Chief Academic Officer, to fill in for fired Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.

At 42, with educational degrees from Stanford, Harvard and Berkeley, Dr. Susan Enfield is likely to become the Seattle school district's Interim Superintendent.

Enfield was the Deputy Superintendent for a district in Vancouver, Washington and before that, Director of Teaching in Portland, Oregon.

News of Enfield's potential new appointment is all over the blogosphere. School activist Charlie Mas believes Enfield could easily step into the position.

"What she brings is stability and consistency of leadership, " said Mas. "Someone at the top who knows everybody in the organization."

In 2009, Enfield was a finalist for the Bellevue Superintendent's job.

While in Vancouver, Enfield's district failed to make sufficient progress under federal law. During her tenure in Seattle, a district assessment showed many schools tested low. She urged families to look at school "report cards" and get involved.

"Hopefully, families won't rely on this in and of itself but again as I said, it'll be the entry point for really learning more about what they can do to improve their school," she said at the time.

Enfield turned down a request for an interview. Officials said if she's appointed, she will not make any public remarks after the school board meeting.

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