Clifford selected Executive Director of Inclusion

Clifford selected Executive Director of Inclusion
Posted on 06/25/2020
Becky Clifford

Dr. Becky Clifford has been named as the new Executive Director of Inclusion for the Anacortes School District. Clifford’s responsibilities will include oversight of the district’s special education programs, mental health support, and nursing program, as well as play a key role in advancing the district’s equity work. 

Clifford currently serves as the Executive Director of Special Services with Everett Public Schools. She has also served with Seattle Public Schools as Interim Executive Director and Director of Special Education, project manager, and special education consulting teacher. She started her career as a special education teacher in New York State.

“I appreciate Becky’s thoughtful and collaborative approach, as well as her breadth of knowledge and experience with special education, budget management, and community engagement,” said incoming Superintendent Justin Irish. “Our district’s equity and inclusion work is one of my top priorities, and I believe that Becky will be able to lead this work in a collaborative way.” 

Clifford was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates. Dana Geaslen, who was originally offered the position, has accepted another leadership position with the Edmonds School District. Clifford stood out in interviews for her extensive experience in administering inclusive education programs, and a proven commitment to reduce barriers for all students. She takes over for Fran McCarthy, who has accepted a position with the Northwest Educational Service District. A recent restructuring of the position allows the district to place a great emphasis on equity work. Clifford begins her work with Anacortes on July 16. 

“I am excited to join the team in Anacortes, and especially continue the district’s work toward equity and inclusion,” said Clifford. “I believe that we can elevate all students to their highest potential.” 

Questions? Superintendent’s Office: 360-503-1211 or 

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