Liza for Seattle School Board Director, District 1
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Seattle School Board Director,
District 1

“Every child deserves a welcoming and safe school that values and honors them. "


Working to improve experiences and outcomes for all students

As an advocate, parent of two SPS students, and leader in my sons’ school PTA and the Seattle Council PTSA, I have spent nearly a decade engaging with and working alongside families and educators all over Seattle, since the day my older son was enrolled in an inclusive toddler program, for children with and without disabilities. I’ve visited or volunteered at half the schools in our district, and collaborated with parents and educators from many more, activating and empowering families around legislative issues and community concerns. I’ve seen the incredible things that happen at each of our schools, and also the systemic and institutional challenges we face.

I’ve engaged at every level to improve our public schools for students and educators—from schools, to district offices, to advocating in Olympia. As your next school board director, I will bring a broad and deep knowledge of SPS communities, as well as policy experience and community connections. I will work to make your voice heard to improve experiences and outcomes for all students—especially those from historically marginalized groups.


Holding the District accountable to its equity-centered strategic plan


Although we are bound by budget restrictions, we can and must reflect and respond to the needs of our diverse communities. I will work with district leadership and staff to address the silos between central offices and schools so that we have consistent policy and practice at every school. I will prioritize curriculum adoption and professional development opportunities that advance stated goals around equity and engagement. Specifically, I support:

  • Adopting an ethnic studies curriculum that empowers students and educators

  • Offering training for inclusion so that special education students spend more time with their peers

  • Ensuring greater access to advanced and unique learning opportunities for every student

  • Examining district and school budgets and resources to maximize positive impacts on equity for our students