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Hyde appointed state early learning director

Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced her appointment of Bremerton School District Superintendent Bette Hyde as director of the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL).

“The children and families of our state are incredibly fortunate to have Bette coming onboard to lead the Department of Early Learning,” Gregoire said. “With her years of classroom experience and firm belief that all children have the potential to succeed, she will bring passion and strong leadership to one of our state’s most important investments.”

Hyde began her career as a special education teacher and has worked as a school psychologist, principal and assistant superintendent in the Seattle, Vashon Island and Highline school districts. Hyde worked as deputy superintendent for Puget Sound Educational Services District. She also served on the governor’s Washington Learns advisory committee.

“Bette and I served on the King County Commission on Children and Youth many years ago,” said state Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Forest Park) who chairs the House Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee. “She understands early learning and is skilled at building bridges between early learning and K-12 education. We are truly fortunate to have her in this role.”

Hyde’s appointment takes effect April 15. She will be paid an annual salary of $141,549.

“This is, for me, the opportunity of a lifetime,” Hyde said. “With DEL, Thrive by Five and many other early learning partners working together, our state clearly values and prioritizes our children. I look forward to helping Washington lead the nation in ensuring all children reach their full potential.”

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