Carla Santorno is the beloved Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. Seven years ago she moved from Denver to Seattle to take a position as the Chief Academic Officer for Seattle Public Schools. After three years in Seattle, she came to Tacoma to lead Tacoma Public Schools as Superintendent. Carla and her husband have had four children of their own and moved to Tacoma's Brown's Point neighborhood. When Carla moved to Tacoma, the graduation rate at Tacoma Public Schools was 55%. As of 2016, the graduation rate at Tacoma Public Schools has risen to 82.6%. Carla hopes (and is working hard with everyone in the district) to exceed 85% by 2020. This year Carla was nationally recognized for the incredible successes Tacoma Public Schools have had during her period of leadership and awarded the 2016 Women in School Leadership Award from the American Association of School Administrators.