Alison Brynelson is Mukilteo’s new superintendent

After serving as deputy, she’ll take over when Marci Larsen retires Dec. 31.

Alison Brynelson will take over on Jan. 1 as superintendent of Mukilteo School District.

Alison Brynelson will take over on Jan. 1 as superintendent of Mukilteo School District.

MUKILTEO — Alison Brynelson has been named new superintendent of Mukilteo School District.

She will take over Jan. 1. for retiring superintendent Marci Larsen.

Brynelson’s work in the district spans 22 years. She was Explorer Middle School assistant principal, Voyager Middle School principal, director of Student Services, executive director of Secondary Schools and assistant superintendent. She has been deputy superintendent since 2016.

Brynelson completed a superintendent’s certificate in 2005 and earned a doctorate in executive leadership from Seattle Pacific University in 2014.

“She has been a principal, she has been an administrator. She understands the schools,” said school board President Michael Simmons.

“She is fair and accountability personified,” Simmons said. “She deeply cares about the subject of equity.”

He said references described her as “inspiring” and “approachable.”

Quoting a letter of recommendation, he said, “She has the ability to chat with the custodian, comfort the homeless parent or debate a college president.”

The district said Brynelson and the board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement not yet finalized. Larsen’sbase salary was $257,104 for the 2018-2019 school year.

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