Nettie Legters

Nettie leads and supports research and technical assistance projects focused on school improvement, dropout prevention, and college readiness and access. For nearly two decades, she has pursued her passion for improving high schools and secondary education systems. Prior to joining Education Northwest, Nettie served as a lead developer and evaluator of middle and high school reform initiatives in her role as co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University where she earned her Ph.D. in sociology. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is a proud graduate of Seattle’s Garfield High School and Whitman College. Nettie enjoys cycling, hiking, yoga, and playing soccer.

To paraphrase a great teacher, I love public education as it is, and too much to let it stay that way. Our work is not done until all young people experience a learning environment every day that supports their development and elicits their best. I joined Education Northwest because I believe our mission is core to evolving our democracy and creating bright futures for youth in our region and beyond.

Blog Posts

How a Data-Informed Leadership Network Sustains School Improvement Efforts


August 11th, 2017

Once you make gains in school improvement, how do you sustain them and keep going?

Postsecondary Education and Career Readiness: A Whole Body Workout


January 6th, 2015

It’s a new year, a time when many of us resolve to be healthier and happier. This typically involves making changes, like becoming more physically active, giving up smoking, or learning how to be a more effective parent. Then, despite our goals and plans, we inevitably encounter the very human...