West Seattle schools: Gatewood Elementary’s new principal Kyna Williams is on the job

If you’re part of the Gatewood Elementary community, you’ve probably already heard, but the district is now publicly sharing the announcement that the school’s new principal Kyna Williams is on the job as of this month. She formerly led Destiny Charter Middle School in Tacoma. From Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland‘s letter:

Kyna Williams was one of multiple candidates interviewed by a hiring committee that included school staff, parents, principals, and central office staff before being recommended for the consideration of the Superintendent and Chief of Schools. The committee was impressed with her commitment to social justice and her experience with school culture building. She is a strong instructional leader and relationship builder.

Ms. Williams most recently served as Founding Assistant Principal, and ultimately the Principal at Destiny Middle school in Tacoma, where she created and implemented positive behavior supports and school-wide culture systems and a system of professional learning for educators in a brand-new middle school. She has also served as a school leader in Washington, D.C. where she facilitated teacher engagement programs, coached and supervised teams of teachers, and oversaw a teaching residency program. She has also taught math and science and tutored literacy skills.

Principal Williams earned her Masters in Elementary Education from Chaminade University in Hawaii; her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Minnesota; and was a Teach for America corps member.

I would like to extend my thanks to Principal Connie Aleman for working to create an inclusive environment for all students. She has worked diligently to create systems to support students’ social and emotional well-being so that all students can access learning with success at Gatewood.

Principal Williams is excited to be joining the Gatewood Elementary community, and is looking forward to
working with the students, staff, and families to build a place where all stakeholders have high
expectations of students and believe that every student can succeed.

It was announced in May that former principal Aleman was leaving Gatewood after four years for the newly created job of assistant principal at West Seattle’s most populous elementary, Genesee Hill.

3 Replies to "West Seattle schools: Gatewood Elementary's new principal Kyna Williams is on the job"

  • Gatewoodmom July 24, 2017 (10:00 pm)

    Welcome! wish you the best! The kids and parents in this neighborhood deserve more. 

  • Sarita July 25, 2017 (9:03 am)

    Welcome, Kyna! We are so glad you are joining our school community!

  • Melissa Westbrook July 25, 2017 (4:20 pm)

    I hope that the district does start counseling principals that their job is not to counsel parents on charter schools.  I am hearing this is happening in one West Seattle school and with a former charter principal coming in, I’d hope it would not start there as well.

    The loss of students from SPS to charter schools undermines the district.

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