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Mercer Island School District No. 400

Director Position No. 4

Joanna Sheppard

Joanna Sheppard

8203 SE 38TH PL


(425) 681-4656

Education: Mercer Island Schools Alumna; Associate in Arts and Sciences, Bellevue College; STARS Child Care Certification
Occupation: Early Childhood Educator

Joanna is a Mercer Island resident of 20 years. She graduated from Mercer Island schools where our strong community shaped her. As an early childhood educator, Joanna has experienced firsthand the impact 2020 and virtual learning has had on our students.

During the transition from virtual to in-person learning, we must meet the needs of the whole student by fostering an inclusive environment and prioritizing mental health.

Joanna is running for school board to take an active role in educating the next generation. As a director, she will work with parents and school administration to advocate for student well-being and academic success. "I want to ensure that our children have safety, success, and stability in their education system. I would be honored to serve our community on the school board, and I thank you for your vote." -Joanna

Lacey Aaker

Lacey Aaker

3040 78TH AVE SE UNIT 503


(860) 365-1503

Education: BA Political Science, Master’s in Education- University of Minnesota; MPA (2022)- UW Seattle
Occupation: High School Teacher, Kent School District

As we emerge from this pandemic the upcoming years will be pivotal. We need strong, knowledgeable leadership to navigate both the challenges Covid has caused, and the opportunities the evolving landscape has created.  As an educator with experience assisting the US Department of Education in higher education policy, I would help our community roadmap a sustainable and dynamic path forward; one that centers on student success and wellbeing.

This work cannot be done alone.  I truly believe our city’s greatest asset is our community members.  When our policies discourage community input, we cannot capitalize on innovative ideas. As a fierce proponent of collective input and collaboration I would create more avenues and greater opportunities for community dialogue with the board and district. I would also fulfill the board’s oversight role and ask the tough, necessary questions on your behalf.

I would be grateful for your vote.

Deborah Lurie

Deborah Lurie

4859 90TH PL SE


(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 committed to providing an excellent education for our children and dedicated to the value that 'Students are the Priority.' As Director, it has been my duty to ensure that every decision made by the District is made with that value at the forefront. 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.

I have spent 21 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 make 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.

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