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Federal Way School District No. 210

Director District No. 5

Gavin Downing

Gavin Downing

PO BOX 27342


Education: BA in Education, Masters in Education
Occupation: Teacher-Librarian and public school teacher for seventeen years

As a public school teacher and librarian, I am intimately aware of the needs of students, staff and community alike, and I am dedicated to making Federal Way a leader in public education.  Every student in the Federal Way School District deserves contemporary opportunities to find success in our ever-changing world.


I am dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to a safe and equitable education. Federal Way Schools must help prepare every student for success. The working conditions of our staff are the learning conditions of our students. Competitive wages, benefits and healthy working environments for all staff will attract and retain quality educators. Having the best staff available in turn supports student success.


Federal Way must fully commit to strengthening and supporting our school libraries. Trained teacher-librarians help support success in every subject. A robust library program not only helps foster a love of reading and learning, but is foundational to long term student success in and out of a student’s K-12 education experience.


I have been endorsed by the Federal Way Education Association, labor organizations, and local political leaders.  I would be honored to earn your vote as your next school board director.

Joan Marie Murphy

Joan Marie Murphy

P O BOX 24362


(253) 797-1047

Education: Masters Education/ECE, Teaching Certificate, Special Education endorsement from Eastern Washington University; Seattel University: BA/Fine Arts-Art
Occupation: Former Special Education teacher, Rainier View, Federal Way Public Schools

A former Federal Way Public Schools Special Education ECE teacher.  My focus will be on student academics and their ambitions. I am a bridge builder, an active listener and an advocate to give the community a greater voice. Transparency is essential for family involvement. Our city is a viable community with the potential to attract high wage jobs for our youth and young families - but only if we have strong vibrant schools!   


A Teacher of Excellence, who received a FWPS School Board Recognition Award and Providence Hospital’s Community Award for the Rainier View Sped PreK program.  My focus in teaching was to encourage students to discover their “I Can” Mindset to create a “Love of Learning.”


Vast experiences in Head Start with the Kalispel Tribe, teaching Highly Capable, Art, and being a Parent-Volunteer Art Coordinator, along with supporting the Hmong Refugee Resettle Program were high lights of my career.  Being a foreign student in an all German school increasd my understanding of the learning process. Life experiences of living in Okinawa, travel to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan; summers spent in Leon, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico provided invaluable insights of diverse cultures. 

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