Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2016, Laurie Dent has served in the Sumner School District for 18 years. Prior to her current role, Dent was Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, where she lead, promoted and sustained exceptional academic achievement at all schools district-wide. Prior to becoming Assistant Superintendent, Dent served as the district’s Chief Academic Officer.
Dent was Co-Principal at Mountain View Middle School for eight years and the Principal at Liberty Ridge Elementary for three years. During her tenure at Liberty Ridge, the school hit record levels of achievement, which lead to multiple School of Distinction awards and the Washington Achievement Award. Dent was named the 2013 Pierce County Principal of the Year for her efforts in raising academic achievement at Liberty Ridge.
Dent earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master of Education in Special Education from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and an Administrative Certification from the University of Washington. Dent earned her Superintendent Certification in spring 2016 from Washington State University and is currently working toward her doctorate from Northwest Nazarene University.
Fun fact: Dent is a member of the Marathon Maniacs and two-time Boston Marathon finisher!