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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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School Leadership/ILED

The four Instructional Leadership Executive Directors (ILED) supervise, strengthen and support the leadership of the school administrators (principals and assistant principals).  The ILEDs work alongside the principal for continuous improvement in teaching and learning, including the implementation of strong practices for accelerating student achievement and the cultivation of positive, productive school climates that nurture joyful, purposeful, and inclusive learning for all students. The ILEDs provide professional development to school leaders, engage in performance and evidence-based evaluations, and collaborate around the priorities of each school’s Annual Action Plan, in service of Highline Public School’s Strategic Plan.

Please click on each person's name to learn more about them and to view a list of schools they service.

Instructional Leadership Executive Directors

  • Monitor, assess, evaluate and support schools’ needs and achievement to ensure the accountability of local schools within the district.
  • Engage In the development of Principal and Teacher professional development to promote and improve classroom teaching and learning.
  • Provide ongoing training and leadership development of Principals on matters related to school improvement and student achievement.
  • Work with Principals in the development, implementation, and evaluation of school improvement plans.

Jacqueline Downey

Jacqueline Downey

Secondary Schools

Jacqueline stepped into the role of ILED for secondary schools in July 2021. Prior to that, she served as principal at Evergreen High School.

Meet Jacqueline Downey

Ben Gauyan 

Ben Gauyan

Secondary

Ben came to Highline in July 2015 after five years as an administrator in Tacoma Public Schools. While in Tacoma, Ben served as a Director of Secondary Education. Prior to Tacoma, Ben served as a teacher and principal in Highline for nine years.

Meet Ben Gauyan

Pete Misner

Pete Misner

Tyee/Mount Rainier Feeder Areas - Elementary

Pete came to Highline in July 2018. He has nineteen years of education experience in Washington State. Prior to Highline, he served as the associate director and senior lecturer for the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program.

Meet Pete Misner

Laurie Morrison 

Laurie Morrison

Evergreen/Highline Feeder Areas - Elementary

Laurie Morrison has over 20 years of experience in urban education, P-12. She joined the Highline team in July 2016. Prior to her work in Highline, Laurie worked as an educational leadership consultant with the City of Seattle, and was a school administrator in Seattle Public Schools.

Meet Laurie Morrison