Superintendent Kelly Raymond was the unanimous choice of the Ashland School Board, which considered more than 50 applicants for the position, and she began her tenure with the Ashland Public Schools on July 1, 2017. Ms. Raymondís most recent position was as Executive Director of Instructional Leadership for the Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington, where she supervised and supported secondary principals. She assumed that position after successfully closing the achievement gap as principal of the Highline Technology, Engineering and Communications High School. During her tenure there, Ms. Raymond raised reading/writing and math scores along with graduation rates.
Ms. Raymondís previous positions in Washington included four years as Director of High Schools and Professional and Organizational Development in the Tacoma Public Schools. She served as a teacher, department chair and assistant principal in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, WA for six years.
Raised in Australia, Ms. Raymond began her career as a science teacher and coach in Sydney. She taught for eleven years in secondary schools in Australia and Japan before moving to Washington state. She is a graduate of the Australian Catholic University and earned a Masterís Degree in Curriculum and Administration from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She also holds a Principal Certificate from the University of Puget Sound, as well as a Superintendent Certificate from Western Washington University.
In her spare time, Ms. Raymond loves travel, the theater and playing with her black lab Ruby. She looks forward to exploring the Rogue Valley and getting to know the people of Ashland!