I am a life long learner and an educator with 30 years of experience. I have spent a lifetime in the arts community. And I am a mom of four students at Seattle Public Schools.
As a mother and a lifelong learner and educator, I can tell you that I truly believe in the power of education. A quality education is the greatest gift we can give our children. It opens the door for a brighter future and gives students the tools they need to succeed. We owe this to them, and to our community.
I have an M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education in NYC and a B.A. from UCLA. I have taught in multiple disciplines, from Kindergarten, to school programs at an urban museum, to arts education for children and adults in the public and private sector. I am the current PTA Secretary at Coe Elementary School and I currently serve as the local Reflections Art Chair and Coordinator for the National PTA Arts Competition. I currently serve on the board of Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, an advocacy group for Seattle's 100 year old parks and boulevard system.
As an educator, it is always my goal to help students achieve success. I recognize that this success can look different for each student, but they all have so much potential. Whether I’m teaching a kindergartener how to write the number 5 or a tap student how to do a time step, it’s all about breaking it down into manageable pieces.
Racism affects everything. There are glaring inequities in our school system and in our country as a whole. Addressing them is imperative. We cannot rewind time and the erase deeds of history. But it is our job to address the daily aggressions and work toward a truly antiracist society. And not only that, but it is up to all of us to help show others the way. Without solving this crisis, we cannot give our students their best shot at the American Dream.
As a family who receives special education services, we have experienced first hand how difficult it can be to navigate the system and advocate for our child. I would like to use my experiences--as a parent, a teacher, and a member of our community--to advocate for all of our children. And to give each parent the space and support to advocate for their kids.
If I am selected as a Director of the School Board, I pledge to listen and make the best choices possible for our students.
Thank you so much!