Seattle hires first Native American school superintendent

Former Montana state superintendent of public instruction Denise Juneau has been hired to head the Seattle School Board, becoming the first Native American superintendent in that city’s history.

The Seattle School Board voted unanimously on April 4 to hire Juneau, The Seattle Times reported.

Juneau, who is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation heritage, holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Montana.

In 2015, Juneau was awarded the Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.