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    Leadership Change at Interagency
    Posted on 09/05/2019
    Melissa Rysemus and Kaaren Andrews
    Dear Interagency Academy Community,

    I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Kaaren Andrews for her 17 years of principal leadership with Seattle Public Schools, including 9 years with Interagency Academy, 6 years at Madrona K-8, and 2 years at Blaine K-8.  Kaaren will be leaving Seattle Public Schools to be Stand for Children’s first Washington Director for the Center for High School Success at the end of the school year.

    Under Kaaren’s leadership, Interagency Academy’s academic performance has increased dramatically, the number of students graduating has grown each year, and the number of community partnerships has evolved to support the unique needs of Interagency students and programs.  While we are sad to see her depart Seattle Public Schools, we are excited to continue partnering with her in her new role with Stand for Children.

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of current assistant principal Melissa Rysemus as the principal of Interagency Academy starting July 1, 2019. 

    Melissa joined Interagency in 2010 as an instructional coach and moved into the role of assistant principal in 2013. Prior to that, she taught at Madrona K-8 and Gompers Middle School in Los Angeles. During her 9 years at Interagency, Melissa has been an integral part of the leadership team that raised academic quality, placed an emphasis on using trauma as a lens for understanding and building community, and led the focus on restorative practices. She is uniquely situated to be the next principal of Interagency Academy.

    Melissa is a graduate of Seattle Public Schools, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College, teaching credential from the University of California Los Angeles, and her principal credential and Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington’s Danforth program.  She also is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts. 

    Please join me in welcoming Melissa to the role of principal.  Thank you for all you do for the students at Interagency, and for your support during this transition. 


    Denise Juneau, Superintendent