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Mercer Island School District 400

Director Position 4

Deborah Schneider Lurie

Deborah Schneider Lurie

4859 90th Pl SE

Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 669-8779

Education: JD, American University. BA, Business Administration, Franklin and Marshall College. MIHS Class of 1990.
Occupation: Attorney, King County Department of Public Defense

Mercer Island School District is at a time of great change: a superintendent transition, looming budget concerns, and teacher contract negotiations. We need leaders who are committed to our vision to serve all students, to hear and balance many voices, and to make the right decisions.


I'm running for school board to put my qualifications and values to work for the wonderful community in which I grew up and where my husband and I have chosen to raise our own daughter.


I have spent 17 years advocating for children and families in the legal system. I listen carefully, know every child has unique needs, consider all viewpoints, solve challenging problems with few resources and don't shy away from making critical, life-changing decisions.


The Mercer Island community, our families, and our kids expect and deserve the best outcomes, and I am committed to building on our very successful history.

Diana Lein

Diana Lein

PO Box 522

Mercer Island, WA 98040

Education: BS Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland; PhD Neuroscience, Case Western Reserve University; Fellowship, Salk Institute
Occupation: Neuroscientist, Alliance and Project Manager, Volunteer and Advocate, Science Tutor

With a new superintendent, our district has a unique opportunity for growth.  I envision a student-first culture that celebrates equity and diversity.  All children are unique and should be given an environment to grow to their best selves.  With the best teachers in the region, we need to ensure they have the resources and tools to be successful.  As a parent, advocate and volunteer on Mercer Island for over a decade, I have demonstrated success in making positive change for our community.  As a professional, I have been a national leader, mentor, and educator within a global company.


A vote for Dr. Lein is a vote for a student first culture, differentiated learning for each child, and supporting our teachers.  Through the adoption of evidence-based teaching methods in our classrooms, we can support all our children.  Learn more about Growing Mercer Island One Mind at a Time at

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