News from TOPS: New principal named; fundraising auction is this Saturday

Two items from TOPS@Seward, Eastlake’s neighborhood school:

New principal: A new principal for the school was announced by Dr. Susan Enfield, interim superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, on March 21, The new principal is Dr. Chris Scott, who will assume the post at TOPS@Seward on July 30.

According to a letter from Dr. Enfield to the TOPS community, Dr. Scott comes from Raleigh, N.C., where he’s currently the principal of a gifted and talented magnet school. According to a note from Dr. Enfield:

Dr. Scott earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he focused on social justice and equity in public education and conducted research addressing educational opportunities of American Indian students. 

The process of hiring Dr. Scott included interviews with a team of four parents, three certificated staff and one classified staff member. Members of the hiring committee were nominated by the TOPS Site Council. 

Janis White, chair of the TOPS@Seward Site Council, said in an email that the selection of Dr. Scott was “really exciting news! It’s also a great example of how a school community can collaborate with the District to choose its instructional leader — many people worked hard to make this happen.”

In an email to TOPS parents, White said:

Many people worked hard on this process – the parents who answered our surveys about the qualities they were looking for in our next principal, parents who attended community meetings to discuss the search, parents and teachers who helped write the job description, the Site Council and the parents and staff on the selection committee who spent many hours reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and reaching consensus on their recommendations to the Superintendent.

This is the TOPS community at its best!

TOPS Auction: The annual fundraising auction for TOPS@Seward is at 5 p.m. this coming Saturday, March 31, at St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E. The first silent auction closes at 6:15 p.m. and the last silent auction closes at 7:15 p.m. The live auction starts at 7:20 p.m.

All purchases directly support programs like tutoring, art, drama, the reading block, science materials and more. 

Tickets are $45 and everyone is invited. More information on purchasing tickets and auction items is at the auction website at