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Ann Renker, PhD

Biography – Ann M. Renker, PhD

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Ann Renker (B.A- Fordham University – 1979; PhD – The American University – 1987) was born and raised on New York’s Long Island, and funded her undergraduate and graduate work with part-time jobs, scholarships, and fellowships. Her mother was a first-generation American, and both parents valued education, hard work, and community service. Ann’s first experiences with applied education issues resulted from her undergraduate involvement with immigrant communities in the Bronx, and motivated her to include the study of educational systems in her graduate program. After working for the Makah Tribe for ten years, she began working as the ESL teacher and bilingual coordinator for the Cape Flattery School District in 1993. She transitioned into administration in 2002 and completed her Washington State Principal’s credential in 2005. Ann assumed the role of the secondary principal for the Neah Bay Schools, and with her team, steered Neah Bay High School from the bottom 5% of poor performing schools in the state to a School of Distinction Award in 2010 and a Washington Achievement Award in 2012. She concentrated improvement efforts on the establishment of high expectations aligned with college and career readiness standards and strong community connections. The emphasis on career and college readiness earned her a 2011 Entrepreneurial Award from Washington STEM for creating an innovative mentoring program that linked successful high school students with struggling middle school students. After leaving building administration in 2014, she has been the Assistant Superintendent for the Sequim School District and a leadership/improvement coach for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Currently, Ann is the Regional Coordinator for the Inclusionary Practices Project at OESD 114. The author of numerous articles about Makah language and culture, school improvement, and student success, Ann has spoken nationally and internationally about her work, and continues to live on the Makah Reservation.