King County logo

Auburn School District No. 408

Director District No. 3

Melissa J. Laramie

Melissa J. Laramie

3401 M PL SE # A

AUBURN, WA 98002

(206) 290-3139

Education: Bachelor’s in Applied Sociology/Social Work, Seattle University; Master’s in Communication & Leadership, Gonzaga University
Occupation: Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Kent School District

As a Head Start graduate and first-generation college graduate from the Colville Tribe with over fifteen years of senior leadership experience in communications with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, I also bring experience in public education to contribute to the Auburn School Board.

I believe now is the time for public education to support the success of all students by creating more welcoming and equitable classrooms. I think this happens when we support educators, hold leaders accountable, evaluate policy through an equity lens, prioritize adult learning, and provide high quality educational programming and whole child support.

As a mom, homeowner, and active Auburn Community member, I have a personal interest as a servant leader for this role. As a school district employee, a principal’s sister, and a custodian’s daughter, I understand the board’s role in ensuring student success. I would be honored to serve our community if elected. 

Dirk Dearinger

Dirk Dearinger


AUBURN, WA 98002

(253) 326-9214

Education: Grand CanyonOnline, Special Education Teacher (3years); Highline CC, Infornation Technology (3years); Renton Tech, Emergency Dispatcher
Occupation: United Parcel Service - member Teamsters Local 174

I'm not a politician. I’m an Auburn parent who seeks improvement in our Auburn schools. With a developmentally disabled child and also an Auburn High sophomore, I Pledge to represent All parents. As a former employee who’s worked in Auburn classrooms for 8 years, I know the challenges and goals our students face. I want to work in unison with the four other school board members and superintendent to encourage transparency and candor - instead of exaggerating vague positive buzzwords. I’m Fiercely motivated to be a voice for parents and our community. Our schools belongs to them. My team of mentors and supporters have confidence I can serve Auburn with refreshing ambition, truth and a desire for remarkable results. The COVID situation is uncertain, regardless, I hope to contribute vigorously on the School board to make Auburn Exceptional in 2022. I welcome your input. Let’s think Outside the Box together!  

27 en-US Production

TTY: Relay 711

Sign up for email or text notifications