Kecia Fox has been named the interim principal for Anacortes High School. Fox, who has served as assistant principal at AHS for the past six years and Cap Sante administrator for the past four years, will lead the high school during the 2020-21 school year, at least.
Superintendent Justin Irish recently met with high school staff to discuss the leadership qualities they would like to see in a new principal. After gathering feedback and deliberating with the screening committee, the team recommended that Kecia serve as an interim principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Opening a position for hire this late in the school year is not ideal.
“I believe that Kecia fits the vision of how the staff would like the school to grow and shift, especially as we tackle new challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, promoting a vision of racial and socio-economic equity, and ongoing budget constraints,” said Irish. “I appreciate the collaborative approach she brings to her leadership style.”
Fox has served as a classroom teacher at the secondary level, teaching Spanish, language arts, and 4th and 6th grades. As assistant principal at AHS, she recently helped lead the school’s mission and vision refinement process. Under her leadership, Cap Sante High School recently saw its highest graduation rates to date. She holds a BA from Western Washington University and MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing her doctorate through UW.
“I look forward to this new opportunity and am excited to face a challenging year,” said Fox. “I am proud of the relationships I have built with students and staff and am committed to continuing our culture of collaboration and high-quality teaching and learning for all.”
Fox assumes the new role immediately. She takes over from Jon Ronngren, who recently took a position with the Mt. Vernon School District. The district will work on a plan to replace Fox’s administrator role at Cap Sante High School, as well as her assistant principal duties.
The district will go through a full hiring process next spring. Staff, students, and community will be a part of that process.