I am relatively new to the WSSDA Board and would love to continue my involvement by running for the office of Vice President and supporting school directors across the state in having the knowledge, tools and services they need to effectively govern their districts, with the ultimate outcome being improved outcomes for all scholars across Washington state.
I understand the quality work that WSSDA does at the state, local and federal levels and want to make sure that continues. WSSDA continues to be the go to organization for school board director leadership development, advocacy/legislation, policymaking, as well as a focus on improving public school systems to close opportunity gaps – regardless of demographics, funding, or district size. Read more...
I have been involved in WSSDA on several levels and believe a next step that makes sense is running for this position. I possess the passion, commitment, knowledge, leadership skills, and abilities to be an effective Vice President for the WSSDA Board. I’ve been involved in education – cradle through college and career for the last 35 years. As an employee of PSESD for 25 years I have been involved in PreK - 12 policy, governance, advocacy and legislation at both the state and federal levels. I have been a member of the Federal Delegation visiting Washington, D.C. and advocating for issues related to early learning and K-12 for the 35 school districts in King and Pierce County served by PSESD.
Since first being elected to the Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) Board I’ve been involved in WSSDA as FWPS Legislative Liaison for two years, as a 2015 Leadership WSSDA graduate, as a current WSSDA Board Member representing Director Area 2, as the current Annual Conference Board Liaison, and as a passionate and committed team member and colleague.
I’m excited about the direction WSSDA is taking in refining and enhancing the mission, vision, beliefs and goals. I’m especially excited about the conversations related to educational equity and the addition of a statement that articulates WSSDA’s core belief. There are still key issues facing education in Washington state even with the new plan the Legislature just passed to meet the challenges brought by McCleary. Beyond unpacking what this package means related to fully funding education, other issues that will need attention are ESSA plans and their implementation, focusing with urgency on changing the trajectory for our state’s students of color (through policy development, professional learning, advocacy, legislation, etc.), and a continued focus on students at the center of every decision – not the adults in the system. I’m a passionate advocate for educational equity and providing access, ownership and voice to those under-reached in our state and in our education system.
I believe there are no magic solutions. Solutions are found when groups of diverse and well-meaning people can agree on a common goal and then let go of individual beliefs and values and begin to try to understand the perspectives of others. Once relationships and common understandings are formed and created, then conversations occur that allow each to offer their best thinking to collectively come up with a solution that is owned by the group and isn’t won or lost by an individual or single interest. It is agreeable to disagree – we must however, be willing to listen to understand another person’s perspective. This is a critical role that WSSDA plays and I’d like to continue to be at the leadership table for these and other very important conversations to happen and to act to make a change. I will do my best to represent you and make the best decisions for WSSDA and all their stakeholders. Thank you for your vote!