Sue Peters - District IV
Community Meeting Schedule
Come meet with me to talk about our schools.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ballard Branch Library
5614 22nd Ave NW
Director Peters also plans to hold community meetings expressly for students.
About Sue Peters
Sue Peters is a longtime public education advocate with nearly 10 years of experience with Seattle Public Schools, as a parent of two students in SPS (one in elementary, another in high school), a volunteer, journalist, and community representative who recently served on two district task forces.
Elected in November 2013 as School Board Director for District IV, Sue believes that, as a growing and diverse urban district of 51,000 students, Seattle has the opportunity to be a national leader in visionary, public education practices.
She is committed to fostering a public education system that embraces and celebrates the individuality of our children and helps them reach their full potential, through a rich curriculum that includes the arts, sciences, mathematics, humanities, music, and vocational studies.
As school board director, Sue is focused on guiding the district toward fiscally and academically sound decisions and policies that reflect proven education practices that benefit all the district’s students, support teachers, and correspond to the needs of the district’s various communities.
In 2012, Sue served as a member of the Superintendent Search Community Focus Group which interviewed the three finalists for superintendent, to help guide the school board in its selection. On the Strategic Plan Stakeholder Task Force in 2013, she worked with community leaders, teachers, parents, department heads, the superintendent and other stakeholders to help forge the vision, mission and goals for the district’s next five years.
Sue is a founding member of Parents Across America (PAA), a national public education advocacy organization which aims to bring the voices of parents into the local and national discussion of public education policy and practices. PAA is supported by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch. Sue is also a cofounder of the Seattle Math Coalition (2012), which advocates for stronger math resources, curriculum and instruction in Seattle Public Schools, and co-founded the Seattle Education Blog in 2009, to analyze public education practices and policy, both locally and nationally, and offer analysis of the school district to local families.
A journalist, editor and communications strategist by profession, Sue has written and edited for a number of publications, including the Seattle Weekly; San Francisco Chronicle Features; San Francisco Examiner; Salon; Race, Poverty & the Environment; Crosscut; Consumer Reports Travel Letter; Lonely Planet Travel Guides; and Public Art Review. In recent years, she has focused specifically on education for the Seattle Education Blog, the Huffington Post and other publications.
Sue received her MA degree in Communication (Journalism) from Stanford University, a BA degree in Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego (with minors in Political Science and French Literature), and certificates in advanced French from the University of Paris, La Sorbonne. She attended public, private and parochial schools while growing up in the U.S., England and Australia.