Greetings Tukwila School District and greater community!
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I join you in the journey of creating a world-class public learning system in Tukwila. The interactions I have experienced thus far with students, staff, and the greater community have been very warm, welcoming, and enjoyable and have reinforced just how great an honor it is to serve in this community.
As you are well aware, urban public education in diverse settings is fraught with many challenges. While the challenges are great, the hope and promise is far greater! Please know I am committed to this journey and all of the challenges that it entails.
All students must have access to high quality instruction and graduate ready for the 21st century. This is a mission I take seriously. While I do not possess a prescription for instant success, I am fully committed to tackling these challenges alongside you. I am confident that dedicated hearts and sharp minds will find the keys to systemic growth. My core values place students at the heart of every decision I make, and my commitment to staff and community is deep. Together we will ensure that our children are taught well, supported, and nurtured during their time with us. Most importantly, they will be prepared to be productive, responsible, caring citizens when they leave us.
Together we have much work ahead! Soon we will begin to develop a strategic plan that will be our roadmap for the important work we will do over the next several years. This plan will focus on ensuring high quality instruction and social-emotional supports for educational success. Cultural competence throughout our school district is also fundamentally necessary. We will provide training, support and creative opportunities for all members of our educational community in this important area of school life.
As your learner-in-chief, I am committed to understanding my new community deeply, to growing and solving problems with you as partners, and to being highly visible in both our schools and community in order to know Tukwila staff, students and families personally. I am truly excited to begin and I look forward to meeting with you as I am out and about in the community.
Nancy Coogan, Ed.D.