A Note from Dr. Tammy Campbell, Superintendent

Dear Federal Way Public Schools Parents and Community,

Six years ago in May, the FWPS School Board appointed me Superintendent. I can remem-ber it like it was yesterday, the pride, sheer joy, and immense responsibility I felt when getting that call.

Reflecting on my roots as a young black girl growing up in the Louisiana Delta, I was now seeing my dream come true. I wanted to lead a large school system so that I could do for the scholars of Federal Way what my teachers had done for me: inspire, empower, and educate me so my future could be limitless. 

Although the board extended my contract for another three years, I conveyed to them my intention to begin succession planning and transition to support the next leader in Federal Way Public Schools. I’ve given every part of myself to the work of educating our children and serving the community of Federal Way Public Schools over the past 6+ years. However, this past year of COVID has prompted me to reassess some parts of my life that have an even greater pull on me, my family.

As I prepare for this transition, I want to share what we have accomplished together over the last six years. Our district has attained remarkable achievements and are the direct results of a strong superintendent and board team. I’ve had the great fortune of working with incredible school board members beginning with the original board who hired me: Geoffery McAnalloy, Claire Wilson, Danny Peterson, Carol Gregory, and Hiroshi Eto; other board members who joined the work include Liz Drake and Dr. Mildred Ollée; and current sitting board members: Geoffery McAnalloy, Dr. Jennifer Jones, Luckisha Phillips, Trudy Davis, and Hiroshi Eto.

We’ve accomplished so much in support of scholars, families, and the community. I’d like to express gratitude and appreciation to our fam- ilies who send their most precious gift to us to learn and grow in our care—their child/ren. I want to acknowledge our school and district staff who’ve played a large role in our district’s accomplishments with their unrelenting focus on our scholars’ success. Additionally, I’d like to recog-nize the unique collaborative partnership with our labor partners that’s resulted in working more effectively together on behalf of our children.

Because schools can’t do it alone, I want to extend a big shout out to our publicly elected officials, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and numerous others who’ve helped make a positive difference for our scholars and families. 

This year, I’ve received inquiries from dozens of local and national districts about the use of our tools like our remote learning guides, our scholar voice process, our outline for equity training, our policy governance model, our learning partnership guides, and other resources that reflect the voices of our stakeholders. Federal Way Public Schools is leading the way in equity and excellence.  

FWPS Board President Geoffery McAnalloy shared, “Although the Board is heartbroken over Supt. Campbell’s decision, we want to continue to build upon our successes. We are confident in Dr. Pfeiffer’s ability to continue the great work of Federal Way Public Schools."

We know that the one constant in any organization is change. But what I know about the 3,000+ educators in Federal Way is that we will continue to do great things for our scholars. The best is yet to come.


Sincerely,

Dr. Tammy Campbell, Superintendent