By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff

After a nearly 40-year career in education, the Edmonds School District Superintendent has retired.

Edmonds School District (ESD) Superintendent Kristine McDuffy retired at the end of June, 37 years after she first set foot inside a school as a teacher.

McDuffy’s career in public education began at Kellogg Middle School in the Shoreline School District in 1983, where she worked as a business teacher.

Recounting her first week in the teaching position, she was given a purple rose with the words ‘Proud to Teach’ attached- something she’s kept as memorabilia throughout her entire career.

“I still have that rose and have been and will always be first and foremost – a teacher,” remarked McDuffy in a statement.

Acting as a superintendent for the past 17 years throughout multiple districts, she entered ESD in July 2016, following eight years as superintendent of the Arlington School District.

McDuffy says she is thankful for the time she spent in the Edmonds school system, fondly recalling working with staff who shared her passion for learning.

“This is a special community full of rich culture and diversity, caring and committed citizens and great potential for the future ahead,” commented McDuffy about ESD. “I have been honored to serve. The staff of this school district is second to none. Their passion for their work and their commitment to helping each and every student succeed is remarkable”

As of July 1, Dr. Gustavo Balderas has officially filled Superintendent McDuffy’s position in the upcoming school year.

“Dr. Balderas brings such incredible background and experience and will undoubtedly lead the district to great new heights. His kindness and openness are already shining through,” stated McDuffy. “I wish Dr. Balderas and the entire Edmonds School District Community the very best.”

Looking forward to her next chapter, McDuffy says she will spend her time with family and traveling but has plans to continue her involvement in education through contributing to leadership development teaching.

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