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Highline School District 401

Director District 1

Education: Masters in Teaching and Doctorate of Philosophy in Education
Occupation: Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Program Manager
Statement:

My name is Tracy Castro-Gill and I’m running for the District 1 position on the Highline School Board. I have been a middle school educator for six years, and I currently serve as Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Program Manager. In 2018 I was recognized by the King County NAACP for my work on ethnic studies and racial justice and received the NAACP Golden Apple Award. In 2019 I was recognized for my work in Seattle Public Schools and named the 2019 Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Teacher of the Year.

 

I teach an anti-racist pedagogy course in Seattle University’s masters in teaching program and am currently working on a doctorate of philosophy in education. I have recently been appointed to the Teaching Tolerance advisory board where I will work on a national level to advocate for racial justice in education.

 

I have a deep understanding of education systems and anti-racist policies, practices, and curriculum. Highline School District is 77% students of color and these students deserve a champion of racial justice. I am that person. I will bring my expertise and passion for racial justice along with my personal experiences as a Chicana to the board and district.

Aaron Garcia

Aaron Garcia

11318 20th Pl SW

Burien, WA 98146

(206) 817-9327

Aaron@meetaarongarcia.com

www.MeetAaronGarcia.com

Education: Bachelor’s, Western Washington University. Evergreen High School(HSD 401) Cascade Middle School, HSD401
Occupation: Community Inclusion Manager, White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA)
Statement:

I respectfully acknowledge Puget Sound Salish People, rightful stewards of this land.

 

Snapshot: - 1,000+ HSD401 Students mentored who transitioned successfully into higher education and  the workforce - 2015 Highline Public Schools Athletics Evergreen Service Area Community Recognition - Nine year volunteer wrestling coach, Evergreen High School (HSD401) - 2018 Evergreen High School (HSD401) Alumnus of the Year - $100,000+ raised to support Evergreen Athletics.

 

Endorsements: Highline School District Students and Families, Highline Education Association, OneAmerica Vote, MLK Labor. Additional endorsements: https://www.meetaarongarcia.com/endorsements

 

Highline Public Schools’ student and family voices must be at the forefront of every decision. This is my focus. I prioritize regularly sitting with students and parents to hear their vision which better informs mine. Through these conversations, I know we must make a long term and unwavering commitment to students’ health and creativity while ensuring our facilities meet the needs of every student. I am dedicated to the Highline community, where I’m from. I actively work for equity in my job at WCCDA and as part of many community boards and organizations. I’m committed to best serving the diverse young people of Highline and the community and will continue working to make their vision a reality.

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