Stephanie grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, a small town along the Columbia River at the foothills of the Cascades. The daughter of a very unlikely junior high school art and English teacher (read her Dad's story here), Stephanie knows the importance and life-changing power of public education. She understands that all students come to us as full human beings with their own, unique stories of struggle and strength that no standardized test can measure. She believes that, with the right supports and encouragement, every student can reach their full potential.
Stephanie has two decades of experience in public policy development, budget management, and community-building. As the co-founder of Unite Oregon, a nonprofit that organizes diverse communities, she has brought people together to solve complex problems and achieve results with limited funding. Over the past four years on the David Douglas School Board, Steph has applied this expertise to our district, resulting in positive change for our school community.
Since elected in 2017, Stephanie has worked with the Board to:
- Improve graduation rates and close the achievement gap (view the data here)
- Leverage new community partnerships
- Reduce teen pregnancy through providing full reproductive health services in our school-based health center
- Engage our diverse families in district decision-making
- Maintain music and arts programming
- Provide new resources for Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- Add more counselors in our schools, and
- Ensure all our David Douglas students feel welcome and supported.
The COVID-19 crisis will undoubtedly challenge the gains we have made, and we need innovative, strategic, relentless leaders at the district’s helm to keep us moving forward. Anyone who has worked with Steph knows that's the kind of leader she is. As the mother of twin fifth-graders attending Menlo Park Elementary, Steph is committed to the district’s long-term success. Together, we can ensure our kids have the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive.
Message from Steph
Along with a tremendous team of dedicated Board members, educators, administrators, families, students, and staff, I have worked over the past four years to make our district more equitable, inclusive, and responsive. Serving during a time of great change, a national racial justice reckoning, and a global pandemic has tested the district's leadership and resolve - but we have adapted and persisted, always focusing on the needs of our students and families.
We have made strides in the past four years to raise graduation rates and address persistent disparities, hire and retain diverse educators and staff, and provide needed support to students and families. I'm ready to work with the David Douglas community in the next four years to meet the challenges ahead! Click here to read my positions on the issues.
Together, we will safely re-open school buildings, center on equity, and provide a quality education for all kids. We are industrious, powerful, creative, and resilient because WE ARE DOUGLAS!