West Seattle schools: Chanda Oatis is Alki’s permanent principal

More big news from Alki Elementary School (in the wake of last night’s big win) – after five months as interim principal, Chanda Oatis is now its permanent principal. Here’s the letter families are receiving, from interim district superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield:

Today I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Chanda E. Oatis as the principal for Alki Elementary. She has been serving as Interim Principal since October and has been a great fit for the community.

Ms. Oatis came to Alki from Denny International Middle School, where she was an Assistant Principal. In fact, Ms. Oatis was named 2012 Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year. Ms. Oatis has been an educator for 15 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Teaching from Heritage University, where she also earned her Principal Certification. Ms. Oatis has also served as Assistant Principal/Literacy Coach, with training from the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project.

Ms. Oatis is committed to ensuring that Alki Elementary School is safe and welcoming, while creating high expectations of academic success for every student. She will continue to ensure that Alki’s instructional practices are data driven and focused on life-long learning. Ms. Oatis also remains focused on closing the achievement gap.

Aurora Lora, Executive Director of Schools for the West Seattle region, conducted the community input process on Ms. Oatis’ performance as interim principal. Feedback included meeting with the Building Leadership Team, holding a community meeting and a survey of staff, parents/guardians and the community.

I know that you will join me in congratulating Ms. Oatis on her appointment as permanent principal. Thank you for your dedication to your student and to Alki.

9 Replies to "West Seattle schools: Chanda Oatis is Alki's permanent principal"

  • Aman March 28, 2012 (4:32 pm)

    Congratulations & wish you & your team much success with our most important assets, our children.

  • dufus March 28, 2012 (6:53 pm)

    Very good news!

  • Sv March 28, 2012 (7:49 pm)

    Great news for alki!!

  • Arbor Heights Mom March 28, 2012 (7:52 pm)

    Congratulations Chanda! Alki Elementary School’s students and parents are so lucky to have you for their principal! We will always miss you at Denny International Middle School, but are thrilled you are still in our community and making such a positive impact!

  • 2dogs3girls March 28, 2012 (9:13 pm)

    We are so lucky to have you Ms. Oatis :) Your school (!!!) is looking forward to an awesome future under your leadership.

  • Marty McLaren March 28, 2012 (10:31 pm)

    Congratulations to Chanda Oatis and to the Alki families who will continue to benefit from her inspiring leadership!

    Marty McLaren
    Seattle Schools District 6

  • Alki Elementary Mom March 30, 2012 (11:05 am)

    Congratulations Chanda! We at Alki Elementary are very happy and lucky to have you as our Principle. Keep up the great work!

  • Seatttleseabug March 30, 2012 (1:28 pm)

    Congratulations! But we do miss you at Denny!

  • Jennifer Trise March 31, 2012 (10:50 am)

    We are so happy to get Ms. Oatis as our principal!

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