Student Press Law Center welcomes Washington’s Susan Enfield to its Board of Directors
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Dr. Susan Enfield, a former high school journalism and English teacher who now serves as a school superintendent in Washington State, has been elected to the Student Press Law Center’s Board of Directors.
The Student Press Law Center (“SPLC”) is a Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit whose mission is to promote press freedom and government transparency in colleges and schools nationwide. It provides legal information and attorney referral assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.
“Susan Enfield has a deep appreciation for the unique educational benefits of meaningful participation in journalism,” said Mark Stodder of The Dolan Company, chairman of the SPLC Board of Directors. “As a career educator with a distinguished record of successful school leadership, she will bring an invaluable insider's perspective to the work of the SPLC. We hope her appointment underscores the SPLC's commitment to working cooperatively with schools toward eradicating the censorship problem that so greatly diminishes the learning potential of journalism."
Enfield’s unanimous selection was announced at the Board’s June 1 meeting in Arlington, Va.
"As a former high school journalism teacher I am honored to be joining the SPLC board and look forward to being a part of the important work they do on behalf of student journalists across the country," Enfield said. "It has never been more important for our students to learn not only about their First Amendment rights, but more importantly, about the responsibilities that come with exercising those rights in a rapidly changing multimedia environment."
Enfield is currently the interim superintendent for Seattle Public Schools. She came to Seattle as the district’s chief academic officer after serving as deputy superintendent of the Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., from 2006-2009. On July 1, she will become the superintendent of Highline Public Schools in Burien, Wash., just south of Seattle.
Before moving to Washington State, Enfield was the director of teaching and learning for Portland Public Schools where she oversaw curriculum, instruction, federal programs and professional development district-wide.
Prior to coming to Portland, she served as the bureau director for teaching and learning support for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role she worked with legislators, state department and district leaders to develop education policy and implement standards-based curriculum and professional development to more than 500 school districts.
She began her career in education as a high school English, ESL and journalism teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. After seven years in the classroom, she joined the UC-Berkeley Teaching and Learning Alliance as a high school support provider, coaching principals and assisting teachers engaged in whole-school, standards-based reform aimed at closing the achievement gap.
Enfield is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned masters’ degrees in education from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also earned a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University with a concentration in the Urban Superintendents Program.
Enfield replaces SPLC board member Jerry Ceppos of Louisiana State University, who departed after serving the maximum two three-year terms. The SPLC’s 15-member board includes representatives from the journalism, legal, education and nonprofit management fields.
Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been devoted to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment, and supporting the student news media in covering important issues free from censorship. The Center provides free information and educational materials for student journalists and their teachers on a wide variety of legal topics on its website at www.splc.org.