Elected Experience: Current Superintendent of Public Instruction; State Representatives for seven years, Chair of the House Education Committee.
Other Professional Experience: Elementary and middle school teacher; elementary and high school principal; Executive Director of the Public School Employees of Washington.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from University of Idaho; Masters Degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University; Superintendent’s credential from Washington State University.
Community Service: Jobs for America’s Graduates National Board of Directors; Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Board of Natural Resources; Association of Washington School Principals' President’s Award; Washington Association of School Administrators' Golden Gavel Award; Association for Career and Technical Education's National Leadership Award.
Statement: For the past three years I’ve had the privilege of being your Superintendent of Public Instruction. I first ran for this office in 2008 to reform education and bring new leadership to Olympia, and in a few short years, we’ve made a lot of progress: We replaced the WASL with a better, fairer system of testing, Enacted reforms to hold everyone in education more accountable for student learning, and improved our ability to improve or remove struggling teachers, Created cutting-edge programs to prepare our kids for the jobs of the future by partnering with companies like Microsoft and Boeing, And I have consistently led the fight in Olympia for more education funding to meet our constitutional obligation to Washington’s kids.
I am running for re-election because the work is not done. We must continue to reform our schools in order to maintain high standards and increase accountability. And we need to demand full funding of education so our students have the tools and resources they need to get the world-class education they deserve.
As a teacher, principal, and legislator I’ve always made our kids’ future the highest priority.
I would appreciate your vote.