Five apply for school board position

October 14, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Five candidates have applied to fill the vacant District Director 4 position on the Issaquah School Board.

Applications were submitted by Steven Ellis, Chad Magendanz, Margaret Moe, Carla Wigen and Jeffrey Wood by the Oct. 13 deadline to fill the position that represents the Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah downtown core, Preston, Mirrormont and Tiger Mountain areas.The position was left vacant when Mike Winkler resigned Sept. 11, citing a need to focus on work and family.

Applications included three letters of reference, a summary of education and work experiences, a personal essay and short answers to a series of questions formulated by current board members.

The five candidates will appear for public interviews with board members Oct. 20. If a candidate isn’t chosen that evening, additional interviews would be Oct. 28.

The selected candidate will be sworn into office at the next regular meeting of the school board, either Oct. 22 or Nov. 12. He or she will serve the remainder of Winkler’s term, through November 2009.

The candidates

View full applications-click on name

Steven Ellis

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in economics and master’s in business administration, University of Washington
  • Employment: Retail manager at REI
  • Volunteer work: Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools volunteer; board member and volunteer for Samena Swim and Recreation Club; ski instructor and director for Bellevue Ski School; Scouting counselor and advisor
  • Wants to be a board member because: “My interest in the overall education and success of students within our public school system has grown and I now have the time to invest in support of our district and its public…I have also seen the growing need for ever greater achievement levels based on the business demands of our community and our state’s economy.

Chad Magendanz

  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Cornell University; Navy Nuclear Power School, Orlando, Fla.
  • Employer: Design lead for Jetstream Software
  • Volunteer work: classroom volunteer, PTSA member, Stand For Children and League of Education Voters
  • Wants to be a board member because: “To better prepare our next generation for success in an increasingly competitive global economy. I have a reputation as a good communicator, an efficient researcher, and a team player…Over the years, I’ve learned to listen carefully and to be measured and deliberate with the points that I make. While I don’t abandon my principles lightly, I’m always willing to consider different perspectives and will respect ongoing positions and priorities.”

Margaret Moe

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Secondary Teaching Certificate, Masters in Business Administration, University of Washington; Certificate in Community College Education, Western Washington University
  • Employer: Dean of Business Technology, Education and Human Services and General Education at Renton Technical College
  • Volunteer work: School and district PTSA councils at Nine Mile School District and Issaquah School District; classroom, school and The Learning Community volunteer.
  • Wants to be a board member because: “I have a passion for education, I believe I have something to contribute, and I am in a time of life when I can devote the time and effort the position requires…I have always been very proud of this school district and I would like to give back in way that utilizes my training and experience.”

Carla Wigen

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington; Juris Doctorate, Seattle University School of Law; Masters of Law, Taxation, University of Washington; Certified Public Accountant
  • Occupation: Vice president and senior trust officer for Washington Trust Bank
  • Volunteer work: Washington and Oregon State Bar Association; former board member for Residence XII; and Maple Hills Elementary and Maywood Middle School PTSA member, classroom and events volunteer
  • Wants to be a board member because: “I can use my career experience, my other leadership roles, as well as my training as a CPA and as an attorney. This experience combined with my interest and history of working with people to accomplish goals, well prepares me to fill this important role on the Board. My own personal commitment to education makes me very passionate about helping our district’s children develop into adults ready to experience all this world has to offer.”

Jeffrey Wood

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Pacific Lutheran University; Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from City University; Advanced Placement Government Teaching Certificate
  • Employer: Hazen High School Social Studies teacher and coach
  • Volunteer work: member of Hazen High School’s School Improvement Committee; member of the Issaquah School District Boundary Review Committee; PTSA member and volunteer; volunteer youth coach at various levels
  • Wants to be a board member because: “All children must learn and must be equipped to lead productive and satisfying lives. Only through dedication, strong leadership and a commitment from all parties can this challenge be met. I believe that the school board plays a vital role in providing the long term vision and support necessary to meet this challenge.”
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One Response to “Five apply for school board position”

  1. bryan on October 14th, 2008 6:33 pm

    nice to see some people who want to serve on the board who actually have education experience outside of having gone to school at least once in their lives. enough with these business people and lawyers who want to sit on the school board to enrich their resume. we need people who know about education and have seen it done right to sit on our school board. perhaps then we can have some real edukatin going on then!

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