Meet Magnolia Elementary’s Katie Cryan Leary

Posted on April 11th, 2018 by Sara

The district has announced a new Principal for Magnolia Elementary school:

To the Magnolia community,

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Katie Cryan Leary has been selected to be the Planning Principal for Magnolia Elementary School which is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

From 2001 – 2009, Ms. Cryan Leary was the assistant principal and then principal at Hamilton International Middle School. While at Hamilton, she focused on implementing high leverage teaching strategies that accelerated student learning in every classroom. She focused on coaching and supporting teachers to improve the quality of classroom instruction across the school. Then, in 2009, Ms. Cryan Leary wanted to learn more about K-5 education, so she applied to be one of the founding teachers at Queen Anne Elementary.

Ms. Cryan Leary was instrumental in the creation of an innovative new school as one of the founding teachers, and now the head teacher at Queen Anne Elementary. She has been leading the work around best practices in teaching, differentiating for diverse learners, promoting social and emotional learning, as well as project-based learning. Ms. Cryan Leary is excited to bring this experience creating a new school community, as well as these passions and skills to Magnolia Elementary.

Ms. Cryan Leary is committed to building trusting, meaningful relationships with the community. As planning principal, she will be creating a Design Team with representation from all stakeholder groups to begin crafting the school’s vision and culture. This team will guide decisions about program implementation, hiring, and professional development for educators. Her work in the coming year will include engagement with the prospective students and families to provide leadership in future boundary discussions and to dream big about Magnolia Elementary.

Ms. Cryan Leary earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Washington State University. She earned her teaching certificate at the University of Washington. She received her Master of Education degree in School Administration at Western Washington University. She also became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2013.

Ms. Cryan Leary’s official start date will be July 1, 2018. Please help me in congratulating Ms. Cryan Leary as she takes on this new position!


Mike Starosky, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent, Chief of Schools

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