Campaign kickoff Saturday for school board candidate Sara Betnel

Friday, June 28, 2019

Sara Betnel, candidate for School Board
Join Sara Betnel, community and schools advocate, this Saturday, June 29, 2019 at her campaign kickoff at Hamlin Park Picnic Shelter to hear from the candidate about, and discuss, issues that matter to you.

Sara, a longtime resident of Shoreline (and now Lake Forest Park) with two elementary age children, has been an active community advocate with District PTA, the School Board, and the State Legislature for many years; working to achieve full funding for the school district, lowering class sizes, increasing equity in district policies and practices, supporting diversity in the curriculum and staff to reflect the community being served, and leading efforts to help the most vulnerable students and families.

As a working mother and educator, Sara knows how being involved in our children’s education is one of the most important ways we help them be their best selves and achieve personal success.

As the Legislative Chair for PTA Council, which serves the entire district, Sara has seen and experienced how difficult it is for students and parents to be informed and participate in the decisions that impact their daily lives. 

Through her deep relationships across the District, she has witnessed where inequities persist for our lower income families, students with disabilities, and communities of color and has worked to address these with local leadership at all levels. 

And, in conversation with current students, she has learned how their lived experience in our schools is not matching up with the expectations set by District policies and goals.

“I love this community and Shoreline Schools deeply” Sara said. “As a board member I will be a voice for transparency, inclusion, and equity, ensuring the people we serve are the first we hear from and consider when making decisions.”

With a background in education and the arts, Sara has been a communications professional for over 20 years, working to advance the mission of national nonprofits, community foundations, and businesses doing good in the world, most recently as the sole proprietor of Reveal Communications. 

She has taught at the elementary and college level and is married to a life-long educator who teaches math and science at a local high school. 

In addition to her advocacy work, she has been involved in empowering youth through coaching a youth soccer team for the last three years, supporting youth advocacy by shepherding a group of elementary age children through the process of getting legislation in front of local council and state representatives, and facilitating community action by a group of students in response to a national issue.

“Shoreline Schools are some of the best in the state. Even so, we have places where students are underserved and under-supported, which it is time to address. I am ready to help our community be heard and work with the District to make the promise of its mission to serve all students a reality.”



To learn more and share about your experience with Shoreline Schools, visit sara4shorelineschools.com and meet Sara at her Kickoff Event.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29th - 10am-1pm

WHERE: Hamlin Park Picnic Shelter, 16006 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

INFO: The kickoff is a family friendly event where Shoreline Schools students, families, and concerned community are invited to come together to share our experiences, priorities, and hopes for our children and Shoreline Schools.

RSVP: sara@sara4shorelineschools.com or on Facebook



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