Hi. I’m Laurynn Evans.
I have over two decades of work in public, private, and international schools, serving in a variety of roles ranging from classroom teacher to Superintendent of Schools. These experiences mean that I understand the science and craft of education from a multitude of perspectives and it helps me help others think about the big questions in education from a variety of angles.
- Superintendent of North Kitsap School District in Washington State (public school system, approximately 5500 students)
- Francis Parker School, San Diego – Assistant Head of School (independent PreK-12th grade coeducational day school, approximately 1300 students)
- Singapore American School – Executive Director of Talent Development and Human Resources (international PreK-12th grade coeducational day school, approximately 4000 students)
- Lake Washington School District, WA State – Middle School Principal for local middle school as well as for a “choice program” school, eg a small charter-like school within the LWSD (public school system, responsible for total population of 800 students, district was 25,000 students at that time)
- Mukilteo School District, WA State – High School Assistant Principal
- Issaquah School District, WA State – Dean of Students, classroom teacher, coach
- Plano Independent School District, TX – classroom teacher, coach
I like that there has been no such thing as “a boring day at work” over the course of my career. I currently have the privilege of serving the North Kitsap School District as their Superintendent. I oversee and manage all elements of both strategic and daily district operations ranging from instructional improvement and integration to business and operations for a 5500 student district with approximately 900 employees. We recently completed a new strategic plan, and I am excited to collaborate with faculty, leadership, and staff to implement this bold, audacious plan.
In prior roles, I took on a wide range of duties including overseeing the implementation of the academic components in a very ambitious strategic plan, overseeing the launch of a school’s two design centers, incorporating design thinking into the curriculum and work of the school, clarifying and refining the scope/sequence of the PreK-12 curriculum, coordinating the integration of technology benchmarks and learnings into the PreK-12 curriculum, and developing and implementing a student support services program. I provided coaching for both faculty and leadership team members, oversaw all faculty recruitment and hiring, mentored and supported incoming faculty, provided professional learning, and lead major change initiatives.
In all of these endeavors, I was commended for my approachable, servant-leadership style, my willingness to openly mentor and support colleagues, building consensus for important decisions, strategic restorative thinking, and my relentless focus on what I deemed “the north star”, which of course were the students whose lives were impacted by the work of the adults around them.
As a classroom teacher in three different schools that were located in Texas and in Washington State, my evaluators referred to me as “the jack of all trades” which meant I usually had a rather interesting teaching load and it also sometimes meant that I worked with students who others found to be “challenging” – I found them to have great gifts and enjoyed nurturing them as learners. During those years I taught students who were highly gifted, students who had incredible learning challenges, students who had everything, and students who had experienced profound trauma. I am thankful for those early experiences as they showed me some vital lessons, most notably, that all kids (and even adults) really can learn when they are afforded the opportunity to explore what they find to be interesting and are given the chance to cultivate meaningful relationships with adults and peers.
I obtained my Doctorate from Seattle Pacific University in January 2009. I completed a full quantitative study for my dissertation, the topic of which was “Situated Megacognitive Strategy Use,” hence my strong interest in the concept of reflective assessment, reflective practice, formative assessment strategies, and metacognitive strategy use in classrooms from PreK – 12th grade. I maintain active credentials to be a school superintendent, school administrator/principal, and classroom teacher in Washington State, as well as teaching credentials in the State of Texas. I am constantly seeking out new learning opportunities, be it via formal or informal means. I truly “walk the talk” when it comes to life-long learning.
When I’m not working on educationally related things, you will most likely find me indulging in cultural adventures or enjoying a “foodie” dinner. I’ve had the great fortune to travel all over the world and I am always seeking my next travel adventure. You also might very well find me out in the ocean blue or in holes filled with water – I am an avid, technically trained scuba diver who is equally happy filming pretty fishes on coral reefs or exploring deep shipwrecks or underground water-filled caves. My diving hobby has turned into a small business named Seainggreen Productions, and you can see some of my diving video work on my Vimeo channel. I also enjoy motorcycle riding, road trips, gardening, and day hiking.