Superintendent
Janel Keating is the superintendent of the White River School District in Buckley, Washington.  An accomplished educator with more than thirty years of experience, Janel has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, elementary principal, director of student learning and deputy superintendent.  For 8 years, Janel had the privilege of being the principal of Mountain Meadow Elementary School in Buckley, Washington. During her time there, Mountain Meadow was recognized as one of the highest academically performing elementary schools in the state. Janel has been named Principal of the Year in Pierce County, Washington. She presents at state and national events, is a coauthor with Rick Dufour, Rebecca Dufour and Robert Eaker of The Journey to Becoming a Professional Learning Community and  coauthored with Robert Eaker the books Every School, Every Team, Every Classroom and Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill. She has written numerous articles on leadership and school improvement. She coauthored with Robert Eaker the lead chapter in the 2012 Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Janel was recently presented with the Carroll College 2013 Alumni Academic Achievement Award. The Alumni Academic Achievement Award is given to Carroll College alumni who have distinguished themselves academically. 

Janel monthly consults with school districts throughout the United States.  In the past 10 years, Janel has shared her thinking to improve school systems, schools, teams and classrooms with nearly 275 schools and school districts. She is past president of the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Janel earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She received a superintendent’s certificate from Seattle Pacific University.

Janel’s most important job is being the mother of Taylor Keating. Taylor is currently a junior at White River High School.