New Chief Sealth International High School principal announced: Aida Fraser-Hammer

The third and, we believe, final principal announcement this afternoon for West Seattle’s public schools – this time, news of a replacement, the new principal for Chief Sealth International High School principal:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Aida Fraser-Hammer as your new principal, effective July 1, 2013. She replaces Chris Kinsey who announced in June that he would not be returning in the fall.

Ms. Fraser-Hammer comes to Chief Sealth International High School from Kentwood High School in Covington, Washington, where she has been an assistant principal since 2004. At Kentwood she worked with staff, students, and families to increase on-time graduation rates and students’ academic achievement. Ms. Fraser-Hammer has an international background, and she is fluent in Spanish.

Prior to Kentwood High School, Ms. Fraser-Hammer served as assistant principal at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California. She also spent a year as administrative intern at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, and was a teacher and MESA high school coordinator for Spokane Public Schools and Washington State University.

Ms. Fraser-Hammer holds a master’s in education from Eastern Washington University and a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Gonzaga University. She was a Fulbright Exchange Administrator to Brazil and Argentina.

Aida Fraser-Hammer was selected after a hiring process that included input from staff and families. In addition to the qualities mentioned above, the selection team committee was particularly impressed with her experience with math and science through MESA as well as her commitment to collaboration with staff, students and families. She will be a great fit for the Sealth community.

Please join me in welcoming Aida Fraser-Hammer to Chief Sealth International High School.

José Banda

Here’s our report from June 6th, when Chris Kinsey announced he was leaving Sealth after 2 years as principal. He had succeeded seven-year principal John Boyd, who left for an executive-director role in Highline Public Schools. Sealth also lost an assistant principal at year’s end, with the retirement of Lupe Barnes.

4 Replies to "New Chief Sealth International High School principal announced: Aida Fraser-Hammer"

  • A Mom July 3, 2013 (2:49 pm)

    Okay, I am betting on Schmitz Park next.

  • Parent of kids July 3, 2013 (8:47 pm)

    We can hope! Have to wonder why so many principals are leaving this area.

  • madashell July 3, 2013 (9:47 pm)

    I’m guessing Kinsey was shown the door due to the debacle that led to a number of students not graduating. Made Exec Dir Carmello Dellino look bad.

  • Dhl July 4, 2013 (6:02 am)

    Good luck Sealth.

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