My family and I have lived in Edmonds for 20 years. Both of our children graduated from the Edmonds School District and are now happy, productive citizens.
I am the product of a K-12 public education in the Houston Independent School District. Although neither of my parents could afford a college education for themselves, they stressed education as one of the most important values in our home.
Today, I am blessed to be surrounded by educators in my life. My husband is a retired high school teacher. My brother is a professor at the University of Washington. My sister was a middle school teacher. One of my sisters-in-law was a special education teacher, while another taught at Green River College. My family knows that education is the key to building a strong and healthy community and future for all.
Education and Professional Experience
I have an M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Northwestern University in Illinois. I taught at Northwestern and worked for about eight years in the Chicago Public Schools, focusing in the areas of early childhood education, special education, and product development. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work for a number of educational organizations, including a technical assistance center serving Title I schools in four states, a relatively small rural Texas district, and Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, leading the development of classroom-based materials for mathematics in grades 3-8.
Some of my most satisfying professional experiences occurred during the almost 20 years that I worked as a program director in the student learning department of the Edmonds School District. During that time, I was able to work with District leadership on strategies targeting school improvement and student growth, and with teachers from across the District on numerous classroom-based projects. A key part of my role was to help staff and parents understand indicators of student learning and how to use those indicators to meet the needs of all students.
During my time with the District, I served for three years on the Executive Board of the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA), and for one year as President. I also served for about 15 years on the Washington State Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
I retired from my position in the Edmonds School District in August 2015. Since that time, my husband and I have been doing part-time consulting for educational institutions around the state and across the country. One of our favorite collaborations is with the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, where we help educators with program planning, development and evaluation.