Letter to the Editor: Vote for Meghan

Sunday, November 3, 2019

To the Editor:

The Shoreline Education Association endorsed Meghan Jernigan for Shoreline School Board, Director District 1. Meghan is challenging incumbent Michael Jacobs, who is seeking his fourth term on the school board.

Meghan has two kids in the district, she volunteers in classrooms, the cafeteria, and has served as the Meridian Park Elementary PTSA Board Secretary. I met Meghan when our kids were in kindergarten together 5 years ago. When I was PTSA President, and looking for volunteers, Meghan was ready to help. As MP became the overflow kindergarten program for the district, our school and families faced many new challenges. I learned a lot about bringing people together, listening, and working as a team from Meghan. 

I can't emphasize enough that Meghan is an excellent listener and a creative thinker. She understands the leadership responsibility a school board member must demonstrate on critical issues of our time.  As example,  she has read the districts new conservation policy and advocates implementing the recommended district wide recycling and composting program and ensuring our earth science curriculum prepares our students for the impact of climate change. This may seem simple, but implementing new policy takes thoughtful perseverance and dedication - Meghan has these qualities.

These next years are going to be challenging - light-rail, more housing, growing in both diversity and size. We need new perspectives on the board. Meghan’s public health background gives her insight on the structural forces that shape educational justice. She is committed to equity across all district programs and in every classroom.

Meghan has never run for public office, but she is not new to community service. In addition, she works as a Staff Scientist at Washington State University.

I hope you will join me and the Shoreline Education Association and vote for Meghan.

Callie Steward


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