School Leader Update: Welcome Ms. Clagg!

Dear Lawton Families and Staff,

I am pleased to announce Ms. Dina Clagg has been named as the acting principal of Lawton Elementary for the 2022-23 school year. She will begin serving as the acting principal on Nov. 15, 2022.

Principal Clagg will serve in place of Dr. Allison Deno, who has accepted a new role in the Tukwila School District.

Principal Clagg began her career in public education in 1999. She has served as a teacher, professional learning specialist, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Most recently, she was the assistant principal at Loyal Heights Elementary. Principal Clagg was appointed based on her expertise as an instructional leader, her proven ability to build strong partnerships with students and families, and her focus on promoting student voice, differentiation, and teaching the whole child.

SPS will begin the search for a permanent Lawton Elementary principal in Spring 2023. At that time, SPS will share next steps with the community. Until then, Principal Clagg’s dedication to collaborative problem solving and her commitment to engaging students in high quality learning experiences will continue to support and guide Lawton Elementary School.

I want to thank Dr. Deno for her leadership and service to Lawton Elementary. Please join me in welcoming Principal Clagg!

Dr. Brent Jones
Seattle Public Schools