Janel Keating is superintendent of the White River School District in the state of Washington. An accomplished educator with more than 33 years of experience, she is a former elementary and middle school teacher, elementary principal, director of student learning, and deputy superintendent. Janel is the recipient of a 2019 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award in Washington State. For eight years, Janel was principal of Mountain Meadow Elementary School. 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, and was a recipient of the 2013 Carroll College 2013 Alumni Academic Achievement Award. An author, Janel has written books and 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.
She presents at state and national events, and for the past several years has consulted monthly with nearly 250 schools and school districts. Janel is past president of the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
She 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 Montana. Janel received a superintendent’s certificate from Seattle Pacific University.