Kelly Raymond was chosen from among three finalists to become the next Ashland School District superintendent, the district announced Friday.

Raymond will officially begin work on July 1, at the conclusion of interim superintendent Suzanne Cusick's appointment. Cusick began work after previous Superintendent Jay Hummel resigned effective at the end of June after three years in the job.

Raymond is currently executive director for Instructional Leadership in Highline School District south of Seattle, Washington. In this role she manages several principals in a district of almost 20,000 students. She was raised and educated in Australia, where she earned a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Administration from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Bachelor of Education degree in Science and Mathematics from Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to her current job, Raymond helped improve the Technology Engineering Communications High (TECH) School in Tacoma, Washington, serving as principal for four years. She was also director of high schools and professional and organizational development for foru years in the Tacoma Public Schools. The TECH School was awarded a Washington School of Distinction Award during her tenure, as well as Bronze and Silver School awards from US News & World Report.

Earlier in her career Raymond taught science and English for 11 years in the U.S., Australia and Japan.

She emerged from a large field of 52 applicants for the Ashland job, about three times the normal response for such a position.