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Bellevue School District No. 405

Director District No. 5

Jane Aras

Jane Aras

PO BOX 40125


(206) 295-2511

Education: Masters (M.Ed.), Special Education, UW; Bachelors (B.Ed.), Special Education with Endorsement in Psychology, Gonzaga University
Occupation: Former General and Special Education Teacher; Community Advocate for Education

As we recover from our collective trauma of COVID-19, our children, parents, and broader education community deserve collaborative leadership to rebuild trust and unity. We need a voice for all our children. We need policies that inspire and empower all students to excel and maintain high academic standards, while also addressing our mental health crisis and supporting our students’ social and emotional needs.

Jane’s extensive experience in education and health advocacy, data driven approach, and proven ability to collaborate with our diverse community makes her the right person to face the pandemic fallout and set a new course for our district’s future.

Jane has taught both special and general education, has been a longtime advocate for equity, and has seen firsthand the challenges students’ face –cultural assimilation, discrimination, bullying, and mental health issues. She has also worked with highly-capable students to keep them inspired during and beyond their academics, with exceptional outcomes. Jane will be the voice for all our children.

Endorsed: 41st & 48th District Democrats; State Senators Wellman and Kuderer; State Reps. Thai, Callan, Senn, Slatter & Maxwell (fmr.); King County Councilmember Balducci; Bellevue Mayor Robinson and Councilmember Barksdale, Stokes and Zahn; Bellevue Education Association and many more!


Gregg Smith

Gregg Smith

PO BOX 53421


(425) 214-5335

Education: Bachelor's in Business Administration, University of Washington
Occupation: Broadband Business Owner, Volunteer, Entrepreneur, and Management Consultant

Hi - I’m the dad that has been involved with my daughters’ education from Day 1. My roles in BSD have been numerous- VP on PTSA, an Ambassador for $675M school bond, Director of after-school enrichment and curriculum enhancement, Leader of a school recess program to help isolated students and Room Parent every year.

Last year, our district failed my two girls- and all students. BSD needs new direction, leadership, and solutions. Students, our most treasured resource, have suffered mental health issues, severe learning loss and social deprivation. Our dedicated teachers have worked relentlessly without the appreciation and compensation they deserve. The relationship between BSD and its stakeholders has been compromised with ensuing power struggles.

I have the professional savvy as a tech professional and entrepreneur and the passion to refocus the district on what matters- our kids & their education. I will restore open communication and implement curriculum policy that is backed by data to maximize the learning potential and inspires each child.   Please vote for me.

Endorsements: Valeri Makam, Bellevue Deputy Mayor Nieuwenhuis, Bellevue City Council Robertson, American Coalition for Equality, Former Medina Mayor Boyd, Former Medina Council Member Maffei, and BSD Teachers & Staff, including Tony Marble



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