The new superintendent of Federal Way Public School, Dr. Dani Pfeiffer, was sworn into her position on Tuesday night.
At the June 29 Federal Way Public Schools board meeting, Pfeiffer was celebrated by long-time colleagues and family members, who drove up from California to watch her take her oath of office.
“I want to first begin by acknowledging what an honor it is to continue to serve our scholars, families and our richly diverse community in a new role as superintendent,” she said.
Students are a constant reminder of why she entered into the education profession, she said. Two beliefs propel her forward in this career: the belief in the unlimited potential of every scholar, and that what occurs inside the classroom is the most important aspect of a child’s education.
“We have accomplished much since July 1, 2015 and we will not lose momentum as we build upon the work and the successes carrying this legacy forward,” she said, recognizing the work of the previous superintendent.
Pfeiffer has been with the district for six years, serving one year as chief academic officer and five years as deputy superintendent, working alongside former Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell.
“Equity will remain a core value in Federal Way Public Schools,” Pfeiffer said.
With a total of 29 years spent in the education field, Pfeiffer has also held roles in two other school districts such as area instructional chief, learning improvement officer, principal and assistant principal at all three levels, director of a technology academy, director of school technology services, and a teacher at the elementary and middle school levels, according to the Federal Way district.
She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University, a superintendent’s certification from Washington State University, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University, a principal certification from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University, where she also played collegiate softball.