The majority of Carla’s educational career has been devoted to school improvement and equity-based outcomes for students. She began as a special education teacher/head teacher working across grades Working next at OSPI, she led several model projects in special education alongside university partners at the preschool and high school level. Returning to the district level, she was a “South-end gal” and feels fortunate to have served in Federal Way, Kent and Highline in several administrative positions: Special Services Director, Instructional Technology Director, Director of Organizational Development/Human Resources; Executive Director of School Improvement in a high-needs service area; and Deputy/Assistant Supt./Chief Academic Officer. In Highline, she focused on building principal capacity as instructional leaders throughout 35 schools, and supporting all Teaching and Learning content and academic support areas. She was also part of the Panasonic partnership-a cohort of 10 districts nationwide that developed problems of practice focusing on “all means all.” Carla was integrally involved in creating a college-going culture, and incorporating a series of equitable practices into part of the teacher instructional framework.

Carla is currently an educational consultant supporting the AWSP Leadership Framework and Learning Focused Supervision. She has just completed work on the Teaching and Leading component of the Race to the Top 4-year grant at PSESD that supports 7 districts in South King County.  She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle U.