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Alumni Impact

group of students in classroomGraduates of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program become part of a proud tradition and an extensive professional network. Students forge strong bonds with other members of their cohort and make deep connections with program faculty and alumni that can last for their entire career.

High Placement Rate

Danforth has a 100% graduation completion rate, and over the past several years, up to 96% of our graduates have accepted principal, assistant principal or district-level leadership positions within one year of completing the program. 

Notable  Alumni

Danforth alumni have had a far-reaching impact on Washington state education. These Danforth grads were named Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals.

Year Name School at Time of Award Danforth Cohort 
2017 Dan Besett Wilson High School, Tacoma Public Schools 7
2016 Mia Williams Aki Kurose Middle School, Seattle Public Schools 13
2015 Anissa Bereano Highland Middle School, Bellevue School District 16
2014 Keisha Scarlett South Shore PK-8, Seattle Public Schools 20
2013 Kelly Aramaki Beacon Hill International School, Seattle Public Schools 15
2--6 Eric DeJong Richard L. Post Middle School,  Arlington School District 8

 

Where Danforth Grads Are Making a Difference

Danforth grads are having an impact in schools in the Seattle area and beyond. See the placements of our most recent cohorts. Data is per OSPI and may not relfect current position. 

Cohort 27

Name Title Institution District

Michael Leo Berkenwald

Elementary Vice Principal

John Hay Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Tina Y. Bogucharova

Elementary Principal

Jing Mei Elementary School

Bellevue School District

Megan Botulinski

Secondary Principal

Snoqualmie Middle School

Snoqualmie Valley School District

Christy A. Bowman-White

Elementary Principal

Maple Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Christy A. Bowman-White

Elementary Principal

Maple Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Carla Carrizosa

Elementary Vice Principal

Rainier View Elementary School

Federal Way School District

Dawn Christiana

Elementary Principal

Irene Reither Elementary School

Meridian School District

Ra'Jeanna A. Conerly

Elementary Principal

Lakeland Elementary School

Federal Way School District

Bjorn B. Danielson

Secondary Vice Principal

Interagency Programs

Seattle Public Schools

Rebbecah M. Emanuel

Secondary Vice Principal

Albert Einstein Middle School

Shoreline School District

Catherine A. Fredenburg

Secondary Vice Principal

Emerson High School

Lake Washington School District

Nerissa A. Hallberg

Elementary Vice Principal

Concord International School

Seattle Public Schools

Na'Ceshia Renee Terri Holmes

Elementary Principal

Campbell Hill Elementary School

Renton School District

Miranda Hultin

Secondary Vice Principal

Central Kitsap High School

Central Kitsap School District

Douglas Judge

Other District Administrator

Highline School District

Highline School District

Audrey S. Kovacs-Storlie

Teacher

Seattle School District

Seattle Public Schools

Marcus Pimpleton

Secondary Principal

Quincy High School

Quincy School District

Pamela R. Pottle

Elementary Principal

Lowell Elementary School

Bellingham School District

Kim Reich

Elementary Principal

Sunnyside Elementary

Marysville School District

Lissan M. Rodriques

Other District Administrator

Mukilteo School District

Mukilteo School District

Timothy T. Schlosser

Secondary Principal

Tyee High School

Highline School District

Hunter S. Sissom

Elementary Principal

Selah Intermediate School

Selah School District

Erik D. Weiss

Secondary Vice Principal

Chief Sealth International High School

Seattle Public Schools

 

Cohort 28

Name Title Institution District

Kalle Jean Andres

Secondary Vice Principal

Gateway Middle School

Everett School District

Richard K. Baileykaze

Elementary Vice Principal

Frost Elementary

Lake Washington School District

Alanah M. Baron

Secondary Vice Principal

Skyline High School

Issaquah School District

Sarah Marie R. Boerner

Elementary Vice Principal

Frank Love Elementary

Northshore School District

Brenda L. Conrad

Secondary Vice Principal

Woodinville HS

Northshore School District

Shawn M. Cook

Elementary Principal

Carriage Crest Elementary School

Kent School District

Rena S.H. Deese

Elementary Principal

Alki Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Kristen M. Eckert

Elementary Vice Principal

View Ridge Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Katrina A. Farias

Elementary Principal

View Ridge Elementary

Everett School District

Genevieve L. Fernandez

Secondary Teacher

Garfield High School

Seattle Public Schools

David C. Friedle

Secondary Principal

Alderwood Middle School

Edmonds School District

Jonathan E. Gasbar

Elementary Principal

Cedar Park Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Nathaniel S. Hudac

Secondary Vice Principal

Goodman Middle School

Peninsula School District

Katrina M. Hunt

Secondary Principal

Washington Middle School

Seattle Public Schools

Jesse Elijah Johnson

Professional

Highline School District

Highline School District

Laurie L. Kazanjian

Elementary Vice Principal

Seattle School District

Seattle Public Schools

Leah J. Kumar

Other Support Personnel

Seattle School District

Seattle Public Schools

Jeffrey K. Lam

Secondary Vice Principal

Franklin High School

Seattle Public Schools

Jeongah J. Lee

Secondary Vice Principal

Kalles Junior High

Puyallup School District

Valerie Y. Li

Elementary Vice Principal

North Bend Elementary School

Snoqualmie Valley School District

Valerie Y. Li

Elementary Vice Principal

Snoqualmie Elementary

Snoqualmie Valley School District

Margot G. Maffucci

Secondary Teacher

Sammamish Senior High

Bellevue School District

Karen M. Maguigad

Secondary Vice Principal

Eisenhower Middle School

Everett School District

Robin M. Moore

Secondary Vice Principal

International School

Bellevue School District

Jill L. Ravenscraft

Elementary Principal

Grand Ridge Elementary

Issaquah School District

Melyssa R. Stone

Other Support Personnel

Shorewood High School

Shoreline School District

Kevin T. Takisaki

Secondary Vice Principal

Talley High School

Renton School District

Kimberly A. Washam Herd

Secondary Vice Principal

Enumclaw Sr High School

Enumclaw School District

 

Cohort 29

Name Title Institution District

Ida Acton

Secondary Vice Principal

TAFA at Saghalie

Federal Way School District

Cristina Allsop

Secondary Vice Principal

Whatcom Middle School

Bellingham School District

Chitra Bhardwaj

Elementary Vice Principal

Sherwood Forest Elementary

Bellevue School District

Jessica Buchan

Secondary Vice Principal

Dimmitt Middle School

Renton School District

Rosalia Burson

Elementary Vice Principal

Bethel School District

Bethel School District

Daniel Calderon

Secondary Principal

Cascade Middle School

Highline School District

Zac Crane

Other District Administrator

Everett School District

Everett School District

Natalee Daniels

Elementary Principal

Mirror Lake Elementary School

Federal Way School District

Hong-Nhi Do

Secondary Vice Principal

Seattle School District

Seattle Public Schools

Brandi Doyle

Secondary Vice Principal

Skyview Middle School

Northshore School District

Adam Dysart

Elementary Principal

Highland Park Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Jessica Easthope

Secondary Vice Principal

Cascade High School

Everett School District

Nate Fitzpatrick

Director/Supervisor

Bainbridge Island School District

Bainbridge Island School District

Mary Fordham

Elementary Principal

Meadowdale Elementary

Edmonds School District

Maries Huening

Secondary Vice Principal

Highline High School

Highline School District

Katherine Kleitsch

Professional

Seattle School District

Seattle Public Schools

Jennifer Lindsay

Elementary Homeroom Teacher

Chautauqua Elementary

Vashon Island School District

Caine Lowery

Secondary Principal

Aki Kurose Middle School

Seattle Public Schools

Thien-An Nguyen

Secondary Vice Principal

South Shore PK-8 School

Seattle Public Schools

Khaleelah Rahsaan

Secondary Vice Principal

Federal Way High School

Federal Way School District

Liza Rickey

Elementary Vice Principal

Sartori Elementary School

Renton School District

Alexis Sameti

Elementary Vice Principal

Enatai Elementary School

Bellevue School District

Jocelyn Alexander Shaw

Secondary Vice Principal

Interlake Senior High School

Bellevue School District

Sarah Walker

Other Support Personnel

Cordata Elementary School

Bellingham School District

 

Cohort 30

Name Title Institution District

James Blanton

Secondary Vice Principal

Garfield High School

Seattle Public Schools

Corbin Busby

Elementary Vice Principal

Hilltop Elementary

Highline School District

Kellie Christiansen

Elementary Principal

Silver Lake Elementary School - Federal Way

Federal Way School District

Kathryn Coffin

Secondary Vice Principal

Pacific Cascade Middle School

Issaquah School District

MAWIAYAH FIELDS

Secondary Vice Principal

David T. Denny International Middle School

Seattle Public Schools

Jennifer Foster

Secondary Vice Principal

Mercer Island High School

Mercer Island School District

Tyler Hamilton

Elementary Vice Principal

Highland Park Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Emma Hong

Secondary Vice Principal

Aki Kurose Middle School

Seattle Public Schools

Mary Ingraham

Secondary Vice Principal

Everett High School

Everett School District

Ericka Johnson Pollard

Elementary Vice Principal

Kimball Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Renee King

Elementary Vice Principal

Woodmoor Elementary

Northshore School District

Misti Laquey-Petersen

Other District Administrator

Federal Way Public Schools

Federal Way School District

Jimnie Lorca

Elementary Vice Principal

Dearborn Park International School

Seattle Public Schools

Chhoun Mey

Elementary Vice Principal

Phantom Lake Elementary

Bellevue School District

Annie Mosich

Secondary Vice Principal

Gray

Tacoma School District

Sue Myette

Other Support Personnel

Issaquah School District

Issaquah School District

Latanya Parker

Director/Supervisor

Seattle School District

Seattle Public Schools

Johnny Phu

Other District Administrator

Lake Washington School District

Lake Washington School District

Amanda Poch

Elementary Vice Principal

Highlands Elementary School

Renton School District

Genevieve Ramsey

Elementary Vice Principal

Tiffany Park Elementary School

Renton School District

Melanie Ready

Elementary Vice Principal

West Mercer Elementary

Mercer Island School District

Melanie Ready

Elementary Vice Principal

Northwood Elementary School

Mercer Island School District

Mike Rhyne

Elementary Vice Principal

Kenmore Elementary

Northshore School District

Pamela Washington

Elementary Principal

Renton Park Elementary School

Renton School District

 

Cohort 31

Name  Title  Institution District

Zharina Angeles

Teacher

Cascade Middle School

Highline School District

Erin Armstrong

Secondary Vice Principal

Liberty Senior High School

Issaquah School District

Megan Bernicchi

Elementary Vice Principal

Kokanee Elementary

Northshore School District

Stephanie Chen

Secondary Vice Principal

Garfield High School

Seattle Public Schools

Jason Clark

Secondary Vice Principal

Chinook Middle School

Bellevue School District

Megan Claus

Secondary Vice Principal

Cascade High School

Everett School District

Charles Duerr

Elementary Homeroom Teacher

McKenny Elementary

Olympia School District

Luis Escamilla

Other Support Personnel

Showalter Middle School

Tukwila School District

Luis Escamilla

Other Support Personnel

Foster Senior High School

Tukwila School District

Luis Escamilla

Other Support Personnel

Cascade View Elementary

Tukwila School District

Luis Escamilla

Other Support Personnel

Tukwila Elementary

Tukwila School District

Luis Escamilla

Other Support Personnel

Thorndyke Elementary

Tukwila School District

Brooke Garcia

Elementary Vice Principal

Clyde Hill Elementary

Bellevue School District

Vanessa Garcia

Elementary Vice Principal

Apollo Elementary

Issaquah School District

Rachelle Gardner

Elementary Vice Principal

Olympic Hills Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Simon Iniguez

Secondary Vice Principal

Evergreen High School

Highline School District

Simon Iniguez

Secondary Vice Principal

Cascade Middle School

Highline School District

Jinna Lee

Elementary Vice Principal

East Hill Elementary School

Kent School District

Monica Lo

Elementary Vice Principal

Bennett Elementary School

Bellevue School District

Elizabeth Meza

Other District Administrator

Northshore School District

Northshore School District

Betty Nhan

Secondary Vice Principal

Tyee Middle School

Bellevue School District

Carina Pierce

Other School Administrator

Spanaway Middle School

Bethel School District

Nate Shepherd

Secondary Vice Principal

Oak Harbor High School

Oak Harbor School District

Heidi Smith

Elementary Vice Principal

Adelaide Elementary School

Federal Way School District

Heather Snookal

Elementary Vice Principal

Bryant Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Tamikya St Clair

Other Support Personnel

Enterprise Elementary School

Federal Way School District

Kristen Tollefsen

Secondary Vice Principal

Rose Hill Middle School

Lake Washington School District

James Van Stralen

Secondary Vice Principal

Meeker

Tacoma School District

Danielle Virata

Secondary Vice Principal

Odle Middle School

Bellevue School District

Stephanie Wilson

Director/Supervisor

Issaquah School District

Issaquah School District

 

Strong Networking and Support

Danforth alumni stay connected long after the program ends, with many returning to the University of Washington through the UW Leadership for Learning doctoral program and other College of Education degree offerings. Our alumni also remain involved in the Danforth program by serving as mentors, UW advocates, and teaching associates and instructors. Many alumni are connected through various support groups, such as new-to-role networks and leadership of color and women in leadership.

All Danforth graduates are also backed by a performance guarantee, which provides them with additional support if it proves necessary. And the program offers one-on-one coaching to alumni who start a significant leadership position in the first year after graduating.

To read interviews with some of our outstanding alumni, visit the Alumni Stories page.