June 22, 2017

After an extensive national search, Megan McGroarty has been selected as Foster High’s next principal, beginning July 1, 2017.

“Ms. McGroarty was a standout for all stakeholders throughout the search process,” said Superintendent Nancy Coogan. “She is the right balance of passion and vision for 21st-century personalized learning, keeping scholars at the center of every decision.”

Ms. McGroarty is excited and ready to get to work, first by conducting listening sessions with students, staff, parents, and community members. She wants to understand and continue the great work happening at the school and expand into future opportunities to meet the needs of every scholar.

Ms. McGroarty has completed the coursework for a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Social Justice at the University of Redlands. She has six years’ experience as a high-school leader, most recently as an assistant principal in North Thurston Public Schools.  Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal in Riverside, Calif.

Ms. McGroarty’s expertise and skills directly align with many of Foster High’s priorities. She is highly skilled as an AVID (college/career preparation program) Staff Developer and has supported a strong PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) schoolwide system with a restorative-justice approach to discipline. Ms. McGroarty has extensive knowledgeable about learning-management systems, and she has used these digital tools to develop curriculum in her capacity as an online school instructor. Furthermore, Ms. McGroarty understands how to wrap resources around students facing adversity on and off the school campus. For example, she was a participating member of the Eastside Think Tank Task Force, which brought together teens, community members, government officials, police, and district leaders to proactively address gang challenges in the Riverside community.

“I am so incredibly excited and honored to be named the next principal of Foster High School,” McGroarty said. “Getting to meet the students, staff, and community members throughout the interview process solidified for me what an amazing school community exists at Foster. I look forward to working together to ensure that our students are supported, celebrated, and prepared for the very bright futures ahead of each one of them.”

As a former English teacher, Ms. McGroarty understands the importance of literacy across all content areas and has experience working with diverse English Language Learners. One of her priorities is forging a strong connection between the school, staff, students, and community members. She is excited to join a school community rich with tradition yet ready to push forward with industry partnerships and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) innovation.

Ms. McGroarty was selected out of a pool of 39 outstanding local and national applicants. The search process included listening sessions, feedback through surveys in multiple languages with staff, students, parents, and community members,  a screening team of the top candidates, an interview team which included students as well as industry partners and staff, a cabinet interview of the top three candidates, and a superintendent interview.

“As superintendent, I am confident that Ms. McGroarty will take Foster to the next level of excellence!” said Coogan. “Please welcome Ms. McGroarty into Foster High School and the Tukwila Community.”