Tara Ranzy selected as associate principal at Island Park
Tara Ranzy has been selected as the associate principal for Island Park and West Mercer Elementary, Superintendent Donna Colosky and Deputy Superintendent Fred Rundle announced. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Mercer Island School Board.
Jill Kelly, who joined the MISD last year as an associate principal, will now serve Lakeridge and Northwood.
Ranzy joins Mercer Island from Juanita High School in the Lake Washington School District, where she served as associate principal. There she worked to create academic and cultural systems to eliminate the achievement gap, increase graduation rates and decrease the overidentification of English Language Learners, African American, and students from low-income homes to special education. Tara partnered with school district personnel to facilitate racial healing circles for student leaders, providing a safe space for students with varying worldviews to process and build skills that will help navigate the local and national racial landscape.
“I am both excited and honored to serve as an associate principal for both Island Park and West Mercer,” Ranzy said. ”My goal is to create a teaching and learning environment that is equally as flexible, engaging and purposeful. My hope is that every member of the school community feels welcomed, challenged and nurtured. I look forward to meeting and getting to know the Mercer Island community.”
Before coming to the Seattle area, Ranzy served in various leadership positions in education, including as principal/superintendent of a charter school in Georgia and founding principal of Building 21 School in Philadelphia. She previously taught for 11 years at all K-12 levels.
Tara earned her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Masters in Elementary Education from Temple University and Masters in Educational Leadership, Supervision and Administration from National Louis University.