Janice Watson is an instructor and coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy.
Prior to these roles, Janice Watson has been a teacher, administrator, and educational consultant. She began her career as an English teacher in Seattle and, over the following years, served as Director of the Gifted Education Center at ESD 121 and as Assistant Superintendent in Franklin Pierce School District. She recently retired from her position as Deputy Superintendent at Puget Sound ESD. Early on and briefly, Janice was the worst assistant basketball coach in the history of Seattle’s Garfield or any other American high school.
Throughout her career, Janice has had an abiding interest in the crucial connections among leadership, organizational development, student achievement and social justice. She frequently assists schools, school districts, small work teams, and individual leaders to create (or re-create) and sustain healthy, productive cultures. During the past year, Janice co-facilitated training for WASA/OSPI District Improvement Facilitators. Her work on school improvement concentrates both on building leadership capacity and on equity, inclusion, and cultural competency as the keys to closing the opportunity gap.