Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield was the inaugural winner of the ‘Systems Changemaker’ award from Teach for America (TFA) Washington.

Dr. Enfield received the award Oct. 17 at the Teach For America Washington Leadership Awards, which celebrate students, teachers and transformational leaders in Washington education.

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Dr. Enfield was selected for the award for “her success in developing strong leadership among principals and assistant principals throughout her district, achieving measurable results in graduation rates as Highline Public Schools reached a graduation rate of 81.1% in 2018, up from 78.8% in 2017 and an impressive increase from their 2013 rate of 62.3%, her commitment to student success, and for being unafraid to set and pursue ambitious goals for herself and her district,” according to TFA.

“Susan is by far the most student-focused, tenacious, and relentlessly focused superintendent I’ve ever met,” said Kimberly Mitchell, TFA Advisory Board Member. ‘Her leadership in setting ambitious goals for her students and staff and Highline’s promise to know all students by name, strength and need has set her apart from the pack.”

Teach for America works in partnership with urban and rural communities to expand educational opportunity for children by recruiting and developing a diverse corps of leaders who commit to teaching in high-need schools for at least two years.