March 10, 2021 - The Moreland School District Board of Trustees has named Dr. Clover Codd as the district’s next superintendent. Dr. Codd is a passionate and innovative educational leader with over 20 years of experience teaching and leading for equity and excellence in TK-12 public schools.
“Moreland attracted many strong and talented candidates interested in joining and leading our district,” Board President Heather Sutton shared. “We know that our community of both staff and families alike expect our leadership to serve as dynamic visionaries and collaborative partners in raising all students up to their highest potential. Dr. Codd has dedicated her career to championing public education and enthusiastically believes we not only have the obligation, but the opportunity and the ability, to see all students succeed.”
Board President Sutton continued to share, “Moreland has been in exceptionally good hands under Dr. Mary Kay Going’s direction. As Dr. Going embraces her retirement, she should do so knowing that she has been an integral member of our community and made tremendous gains in Moreland having raised the bar for professional standards, expectations of equity, and the development of partnerships for the betterment of our diverse student population. The effects of her administration are immeasurable. We will forever be grateful for the solid foundation she and her team have developed, positioning Moreland perfectly for our next chapter.”
Dr. Codd is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Seattle Public Schools. She has served in various leadership roles since her years in the classroom teaching beginning with seven years as a school site principal, Professional Growth and Educator Support, Director, and Chief Partnership Officer. Dr. Codd is passionate about ensuring all children have access to high-quality teachers who nurture and inspire the gifts of their students, and create engaging classrooms where all students are supported, challenged, and have a strong sense of belonging. In her current role, she works closely with teachers and principals to build a professional growth system that provides supports for new teachers through mentorship, coaching, and foundational coursework that focuses on culturally responsive teaching practices.
Dr. Codd received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Humboldt State University in California, and her master’s degree in Teaching and her School and District Leadership degrees at the University of Washington. She received her Doctor of Education degree at Columbia University Teacher’s College with her dissertation studies in “Exploring a Learning-Orientated Model of the School District Superintendency”. Her Superintendent Internship was completed in the New York City Public Schools in the area of “Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners”.
“Out of many highly qualified candidates brought to us by Leadership Associates,” the Board President continued, “She is the perfect choice for us at this time. Her focus on equity and accelerating student achievement through strong professional learning, as well as experience in transforming systems leading complex change initiatives is highly impressive. In addition, we believe her accomplishments in building collaborative alliances in support of excellent schools in Seattle provide a unique perspective and represent qualities that are a must for us at this time.”
“I am honored to be selected to serve as Moreland’s next superintendent”, said Codd. “The diversity of the community is what initially drew me to Moreland. The student-centered decision-making, collaboration amongst board and staff, and strong instructional foundation create the conditions for equity and excellence. I look forward to becoming part of the Moreland community.”
As a California native, Dr. Codd is looking forward to being close to family and friends. “As a young girl, I have fond memories of Thanksgiving dinners and summer trips to San Jose, spending time with my great aunt and uncle. I am excited to be brought into the Moreland family and establish roots of my own.”