Meet Superintendent Chris Reykdal
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is a strong advocate for quality public schools for every student because schools have impacted his life every step of the way.
Growing up in public schools.
Chris was born and raised in Snohomish as the youngest of eight children in a low-income family. He credits his great public education with making it possible for him to break the cycle of poverty in his family and thanks his family, teachers, and community for the support they offered in helping him succeed. He graduated from Snohomish High School. He was a hard-working student and the first in his family to go to college, which he financed with loans, scholarships, and grants, and by working multiple jobs.
Teaching and working in public education.
After college, Chris worked first as a history teacher at Mark Morris High School in Longview and then in our public community and technical college system. He has also served on his local school board. He currently has two children in Tumwater public schools and his wife is a former classroom teacher who has worked the last twenty years as a school counselor and serves on the Tumwater School Board.
Leading the way for quality public schools.
As Superintendent, Chris has been a staunch advocate working to increase funding for our local schools. He has been a tireless voice for public education and has opposed risky privatization schemes including school vouchers, which take funding from public schools. He also stood at the helm of OSPI as it navigated COVID-19, providing guidance for districts to make informed choices about instruction and to prepare for the safest learning possible. He has advocated for waiving federal testing requirements during the pandemic.
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