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I grew up in Pierce County, graduated with degrees in history and chemistry from the University of Puget Sound.  I served in the Teach for America program in rural North Carolina 20 years ago when it was more like a domestic Peace Corps program, where 1 week before school started I was placed as a 6th grade math and science teacher for two years.  So much for spending the summer training to be a high school chemistry teacher—but I fell in love with middle schoolers!  After learning first-hand how public education is about the only equalizing opportunity in our country, I knew that I would be a life-long advocate for public education, even if I was no longer in the classroom.  I returned to Seattle to attend medical school at the University of Washington, and now practice emergency medicine at Multicare hospitals including Mary Bridge Childrens’ Hospital.

 

It is a privilege that I have the opportunity to live in this community and for my children to attend Issaquah schools—I have two daughters, one is a 6th grader at Pine Lake Middle School and the other is a 3rd grader at Discovery Elementary. 

 

Yet with privilege comes responsibility, and I believe that I need to do my part to invest in making my community and world a better place.  I hope to share with you about some of my contributions over the past 4 years that include advocating for:

  1. Higher teacher salaries, known as the McCleary fix

  2. Investments in Early Learning

  3. Addressing achievement gaps in our schools and across our district

  4. Adoption of our Equity Policy

  5. Implementation of Dual Language programs

  6. Expanded Mental Health services from 5 schools to 11 schools

  7. Deeper relationships with our local Legislators

  8. Providing leadership during moments of crisis

 

Public education advocacy is not something that I do for a title or use as a stepping stone to a higher office, but because I want every child to have the opportunity to have a great education.  In addition to serving on the Issaquah School Board, I was appointed by the King County Council to a 3-year term on the King County Children and Youth Advisory Board which administers the $392M Best Starts for Kids Levy among other things.  I also am honored to serve on the Washington State School Directors’ Association statewide Board of Directors that provides education and support to all 1,477 elected school board members across our state.

 

II believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve our community on the Issaquah School Board.  During this most recent opiate crisis, I have been able to bring my expertise as an emergency physician to the discussion with city leaders and law enforcement in Issaquah and Sammamish, as I am on the front lines of this crisis in the ER.  In furthering the discussion on youth mental health, I bring a perspective as a physician who can talk about the research behind Adverse Childhood Events and cares for these kids who come into the emergency department in crisis.  I look forward to deepening the District’s partnerships with our local governments and non-profits to protect our children and community from substance abuse, as well as leveraging relationships with Legislators to ensure that Issaquah continues to receive the education funding it needs to provide an excellent education to every student. 

 

I would be grateful for your vote, to re-elect me to serve you for another 4 years on the Issaquah School Board.  Thank you!