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NWS Welcomes New Middle School Director

Dr. Latrisha Chattin to join Northwest as Middle School Director

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Latrisha Chattin will join Northwest as our next Middle School Director in July. She follows Maria Moses who has made a tremendous contribution as our interim Middle School Director this year. We are thankful for Maria’s partnership and wisdom. 

Latrisha comes to Northwest as an experienced middle school educator with over 20 years of work in education, most recently from the K-8 Susie King Taylor Community School in Savannah, Georgia, where she serves as the founding and current director. At Susie King Taylor, Latrisha established the Middle Grades Academy for Justice and shepherded a strategic planning process. 

Her previous experience includes serving as the head of school at the Friends School of Minnesota, and she brings extensive experience as a classroom teacher. She also served as the site director for the Breakthrough Collaboration of Philadelphia, a year-round academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to high school graduation for underserved students from Philadelphia’s public, parochial, and charter schools. 

Latrisha holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College, a master’s degree as a reading specialist from St. Joseph’s University, and a doctorate in education, special education from Arcadia University. She has been awarded teaching certificates in Iowa and Pennsylvania and holds a K-12 Principal certification. She also served for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University. 

During her interviews with groups across campus, we learned of Latrisha’s deep commitment to the arts, middle school education, and social justice. One of her references shared the following: 

“Her compassion for students and faculty alike is unparalleled. She has a strong pulse on the morale of her team, and she finds ways to pick them up when they need it the most. She has a remarkable handle on developing curriculum, interpreting data, and leading new initiatives.”

Latrisha will join the school’s Senior Leadership Team, and we look forward to partnering with her to ensure our students gain a deep understanding of how their classroom experiences directly connect to the world beyond our walls through our challenging academic program integrated with environmental sustainability, global perspectives, and social justice. 

She will move to Seattle with her family this summer. Please welcome Latrisha to our community.