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About Superintendent Pierce

Dr. Traci Pierce has served as Kennewick School District Superintendent since January 2020. 

Under her leadership, the district worked collaboratively with parents, staff, community and students to develop a new strategic plan. The plan is monitored and updated annually and includes district, community, family, staff, and student-focused goals to support the district’s mission.

Since joining Kennewick School District, Dr. Pierce has focused on fostering a collaborative, positive culture with high expectations and high levels of support for students and staff. She believes in the importance of family and community engagement and student voice, and she has expanded efforts to involve parents in district committees and processes.

She meets monthly with high school students who serve on the superintendent’s student advisory committee and regularly visits schools and classrooms throughout the district. 

Prior to coming to Kennewick, Dr. Pierce spent 24 years in Lake Washington School District, including six as superintendent.

Dr. Pierce began her career as a teacher, later becoming an assistant principal, principal, instructional technology coordinator, teaching and learning director, chief schools officer and deputy superintendent before moving into the superintendent post.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in educational leadership. In 2009, she earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and superintendent certificate from the University of Washington.

She serves on the United Way of Benton-Franklin Board and the WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council. She and her husband, Sherman, reside in Kennewick.


Superintendent's Student Advisory Council 

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council includes student representatives from all Kennewick School District high schools. The group meets monthly with the superintendent and other district leaders, providing the opportunity for district leaders to hear directly from the students they serve. Both district leaders and student members bring topics for discussion. Student members provide input and feedback, share ideas and perspectives, and ask questions.

Meet this year's council


Department Contacts

Main phone number: (509) 222-5020

Dr. Traci Pierce
(509) 222-6550

Patty Lord
(509) 222-5020