I was born and raised in Spokane, WA. After completing high school with my associate degree from Spokane Community College, I moved to Tacoma, WA to attend Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). During my time at PLU I completed an internship at the Washington State Legislature. It was there that I met my husband, Ryan. We married in 2010 and shortly after bought our first home in Renton. We welcomed our first daughter, Molly, in 2014 and our second daughter, Lena, in 2017. Molly will begin kindergarten at Cascade Elementary this fall.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
I have worked in education for over a decade. My breadth of experience includes program development and implementation, policy and procedure development, budget management, industry outreach, dual credit articulation and Running Start support with area school districts, internship development, and faculty support and supervision. In addition to my administrative duties at Renton Technical College, I have also taught as an adjunct professor. Because of my background in technology and education, I am particularly interested in supporting women and students of color in the Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts and Math (STREAM) disciplines.
Prior to my work in higher education, I was an organizer for the statewide Simple Majority for Schools initiative. The initiative lowered the school levy passage requirement from a 60% super majority down to a 50% plus one simple majority. Instead of having to spend time and money on major levy campaigns, districts are now able to focus on the important stuff: educating students.
In addition to my professional experience, I have also volunteered for several organizations and boards in Renton. Most notably I was the Vice-President of the New Horizon School Board, which provides a personalized learning environment essential for students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and other learning differences. I was also President of the Renton Historical Society, which is the oversight, policy-making, and fundraising body for the Renton History Museum.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
University of Washington Tacoma
Dissertation: Experiences of African American Women in Washington State's Applied Baccalaureate Programs: A Mixed Methods Study
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Thesis: Impacts of Teacher Turnover in Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance (ECEAP) Programs
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (BA)
Pacific Lutheran University
Associate of Arts (AA)
Spokane Community College
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
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