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Lake Washington School District 414

Director District 5

Siri Bliesner

Siri Bliesner

16403 NE 111th St

Redmond, WA 98052

Education: BA Human Biology, Stanford University; MPH Health Services, University of Washington
Occupation: Public Health/Social Services - Outcome & Evaluation Analyst, Hopelink

Thank you for the opportunity to represent you on the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) School Board for the last 8 years, most recently as Board President. The Lake Washington School District is one of the highest performing districts in Washington state, and I am honored to continue that legacy.


During my time on the school board, LWSD increased on-time graduation rates for students of all backgrounds to an all-time high of 93.6% in 2018. We have expanded opportunities and access to college and career-ready courses, focused on educational equity and implemented policies that enable all students to thrive.


I am an experienced and passionate advocate for students, and engaged at the local, regional and statewide level to support public schools. I remain committed to excellent outcomes and equitable opportunities for each and every student, inclusive and welcoming learning environments, community engagement and partnerships and responsible fiscal management to deliver a high quality public education.


I have lived in Redmond for more than 15 years. Both of my children graduated from Redmond High School. I have been honored to receive awards for my involvement and commitment, including the PTSA Golden Acorn. I appreciate and ask for your vote and support.

John Towers

John Towers

23624 NE 111th St

Redmond, WA 98053

(425) 999-6532

Education: Bachelor of Science, Excelsior College; Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Occupation: Chiropractor: Owner, Towers Family Chiropractic

Ever since I was young, I have always had a desire to care about others around me. Even today, I want the best for my neighbors and my community. Being on the school board is making the commitment to the community to act in the best interests of the children. Public education is about getting our children ready for life in the real world. There should be a focus on preparing all our children, regardless of ability level. No one student is more important than another. Similarly, it is important that every school has equitable opportunities to offer students.


The biggest compliment I have received in life is that I am "grounded and down to Earth." My level headed personality would be an asset for the Lake Washington school board. No matter what the issue may be, members of the school board should be able to hold discussions and be able to form logical conclusions in the end. I will be an advocate for responsible spending within the district.

Susan Wilkins

Susan Wilkins

18024 NE 99th Ct

Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 558-3740

Education: Wellesley College, B.A. in Geology; Shin-Ai High School, Kurume, Fukuoka-ken, Japan - Rotary exchange student
Occupation: SAHM; Former Software Test Engineer at Microsoft

My four children attended Lake Washington schools starting in 1999 and had wonderful, supportive and creative teachers.  I am grateful for the education that they received and am proud to be a member of the Lake Washington School District community.


As a school board director, my goal will be to focus on academics especially the math curriculum at the elementary level. I will work to create board policies that support teachers with enhanced math training, curriculum materials and computer-based drilling. I will introduce board policies that direct enrichment funding for math improvements.


Scientific studies have shown that high school students do better when their schools start later.  I will work with the superintendent to change the high school start times to 8:45 - 9:00 AM and elementary start times to 8:00 - 8:30 AM.  I will also introduce board requirements that the district's transportation department increase capacity and efficiency to 90% using GIS-based software scheduling and routing tools.


I will introduce resolutions that direct the district to identify students who are falling behind and initiate early intervention and evaluation for special education programs.  I am committed to working to improve the Lake Washington School District and ask for your vote.

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