Dr. Linda Rosenbury, Superintendent Port Townsend School District, WA
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She was born in Indiana, attended elementary school in Rye, New York and middle and high school in Sioux City, Iowa. She looked up to her three older siblings as they attended Columbia University, Harvard University and Williams College. Linda received her undergraduate degree in the history of art from Yale University.
At age 28, she became a principal in New York City at a middle school still recovering from being named one of the twelve most violent schools in New York City. She restructured the school into three small learning communities, built students’ identities as readers, and led community walkthroughs to involve students, staff, and families in instructional improvements. For her next principalship, she joined a group of local parents and community members to create the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), an intentionally diverse school focused on the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and equity.
A 2021 graduate of Harvard’s Doctorate of Education Leadership Program, Linda served on the superintendent’s cabinet in Highline (WA) Public Schools before becoming the superintendent of Port Townsend Public Schools in July 2021. In the past two years, she has led the district in creating an equity policy, increasing their use of data, adopting a more balanced school calendar, expanding early childhood classes and dual credit courses, and deepening the district’s place-based learning approach. She lives with her husband Matthew, a physicist, and their dog Walter, a treeing walker coonhound.