April 11, 2016—Lakeridge Elementary School Principal Jessica Calabrese Granger has been appointed to serve as the Chief of School Improvement, pending School Board approval. In her new role, Jessica will provide intensive support to specific schools and principals identified by the Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching. For the 2016-17 school year, she will support the West Hill NOW! efforts that are focused on Bryn Mawr, Campbell Hill, and Lakeridge elementary schools.
Jessica has served as principal at Lakeridge Elementary since 2011. During her tenure at Lakeridge, she has partnered with staff to lead a remarkable turnaround at the school as student performance has increased markedly in both math and English/Language Arts. These improvements recently resulted in the Lakeridge Elementary School teachers, staff, parents, and administration being selected as recipients of the 2016 Golden Apple Award.
A graduate of both UC Davis and Seattle University, Jessica started her career as a 7th/8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in the Pleasant Valley School District in California. She joined the Renton team in 2003 as a professional development coach at Campbell Hill and Lakeridge elementary schools, and Dimmitt Middle School. She continued in that role through 2007, before becoming assistant principal at Dimmitt for four years before taking on the duties as principal at Lakeridge.
“We are excited that Jessica is willing to take on this new opportunity,” said Dr. Damien Pattenaude, the district’s assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “We look forward to her continuing to push our practice and helping us find innovative ways to provide outstanding service, support, and leadership to and for our students, staff, families, and community.”