Our Superintendent: Dr. Tammy Campbell
A passionate, transformational leader who builds a shared vision and strong collaborative relationships, Dr. Tammy Campbell brings over 20 years of experience as an educator, principal, executive director of teaching and learning, executive director of instructional programs, assistant superintendent for learning and teaching. Her experience includes a leadership role at University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership. She has served as superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools since July 2015.
Education and Experience
Dr. Tammy Campbell brings over 20 years of experience as an educator, principal, executive director of teaching and learning, and executive director of instructional programs. Her experience includes a leadership role at University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, and most recently, assistant superintendent for learning and teaching.
In her most recent role as superintendent in Federal Way Public Schools, Dr. Campbell leads multiple efforts to improve achievement for ALL scholars at every school. Core to these efforts is ensuring every scholar has a highly skilled, culturally responsive teacher, a caring and supportive environment and the best standards-aligned curriculum.
Over the past two years, Superintendent Dr. Campbell has led a broad-based, inclusive strategic planning initiative by gaining the input of over 2,500 diverse stakeholders including students, staff, families, and community and business leaders. The strategic plan contains five bold goals, measures of progress, and an intentional focus on continuous improvement to close gaps in student achievement.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Campbell was the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching in the Renton School District where she oversaw all learning and teaching functions including curriculum, assessment, special education, instructional technology, Title, LAP, CTE and supervision of schools. Additionally, she led efforts in implementing the new principal and teacher evaluation system, and redefined support of principals to provide coaching for the improvement of instruction.
Receiving her doctoral degree and superintendent’s certification from Washington State University, Dr. Campbell also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, a principal certification from Eastern Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. Additionally, she attended the Harvard Institute for Superintendents. She has served as an adjunct professor in the principal and teacher certification programs at Washington State University, Seattle University and Gonzaga University demonstrating her commitment to growing future teacher and principal leaders.
What is Your Vision?
Student voice is at the heart of Dr. Campbell’s vision to ensure success for each scholar. In the 2016–17 school year, Dr. Campbell established the inaugural Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent to provide student perspective on how things are going in Federal Way Public Schools. The Scholar Advisory will continue in the 2017-18 school year with more scholars representing all secondary school sites.
Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell also believes “schools can’t do it alone”. She is committed to authentic community and family engagement and is leading the FWPS team in ensuring families and community are real partners in the work of educating students.
Dr. Campbell has received multiple awards and professional recognitions as an educational leader over the years. In 2010, she was the recipient of the WSASCD Educating the Whole Child Award. As a principal in Central Valley School District, she received the Principal Instructional Leadership Award.
Speaking and practitioner engagements include:
- 2017 keynote speaker at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership Summer Leadership Institute regarding systems work focused on the improvement of student learning.
- 2017 panel discussion on entry plans at the JG Consulting Career Summit.
- 2017 presentation on policy governance at the AWSP/WASA/WSSDA Equity Conference.
- 2016 and 2017 presentations on entry plans and organizational strategic plans at the WASA Women in Leadership Conference.
- 2016 presentation on effective board/superintendent teams and superintendent entry plans for the WSSDA Annual Conference.
- 2014 presentation on practices of highly effective principal supervisors at AASA Conference.
- 2012 State keynote speaker for ASCD.
- 2010 presentation at WERA on the Keys to Implementing Standards Based.