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- Statement from PSESD
Renton, WA. - December 10, 2019 -- Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is excited to announce the results of the 2019 Board of Directors elections. This summer, PSESD announced four of the nine seats on the PSESD board were open for election.
The results are in for the 2019 Election; Greg Bawden District 4 and Joanne Seng District 6, won their elections and will retain their seats on the PSESD board. Additionally, PSESD has two new community members who will join the board in January 2020. PSESD is pleased to welcome:
Dr. Marion Smith, Jr., District 2
Dr. Marion Smith Jr. is a black man, first. He is an adaptive leadership scholar, critical race theory practitioner, and career-long, certificated PK-12 urban education teacher and leader. Marion has honed his 20-year education career in diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural and socioeconomic settings in Las Vegas, Nevada; North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Seattle, Washington where he has served and supported school districts and educational communities with enrollment ranging from 50 – 420,000 students.
Currently, Marion serves as chief operating & education officer of TechSmart, an EdTech company with headquarters in Seattle, WA and operations in 7 states, focusing on equitable computer science education and coding in grades 3-12. A former K-12 public school student and performing arts high school graduate, Marion’s scholarship includes a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), a master’s degree in Education Administration & Supervision with K-12 Principal Certification from the University of Phoenix - Las Vegas campus, and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership & Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He pursued post-doctoral studies in Executive Leadership at Seattle University (Seattle U) and earned Washington State Superintendent Certification. Additionally, Marion is an inaugural graduate of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Urban Superintendents Academy at the University of Southern California (USC) – a cross-institutional partnership that offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.
Marcella V. Tomlin, District 8
Marcella Tomlin shares a common narrative to many transplants to the South Puget Sound; the daughter of an Army veteran with deeply southern roots, enmeshed in the immense diversity that hearkens to the collective grace and strength of profoundly agrarian determination. She has strong ties to the Tacoma community, is a graduate of Tacoma Public Schools, and was a participant in many acts of community service with Jack and Jill of America (Tacoma Chapter), Safe Streets (Youth Leading Change) and Access Programs with the University of Puget Sound.
Marcella currently serves as an Administrator with OneSchool Global, North America, a school system of excellence comprised of 37 private schools located across North America and the Caribbean. She also helps to deliver STEAM enrichment opportunities through Snapology of Gig Harbor which most recently received a year-long contract to provide Expanded Learning Opportunities to 22 Tacoma Public Schools through the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Marcella earned her Bachelor of Sociology from Western Washington University, which eventually led her to an AmeriCorps service contract with Communities In Schools (of Peninsula). From this experience, she was led to pursue a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University.
"The primary work of the PSESD Board is to support and guide the PSESD in achieving our End, Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity. I am confident our new board members will contribute tremendously to this important work," said John Welch, PSESD Superintendent, upon learning the election results.
ESDs are governed by a board of directors consisting of seven or nine citizens who are accountable to and elected by the school board members in the region's public school districts. The board members represent geographic director districts based on U.S. Census data.
The ESD boards provide direction to their superintendent who is advised by local school district superintendents. Newly elected board members will be sworn into their positions at the January 15, 2020 Board Meeting at PSESD.