Marty McLaren - District VI
Marty McLaren is honored to be in the fourth year of her first term as Seattle School Board Director, District 6. Her vast experience as a parent, teacher, and advocate has been enhanced through her three years' service on the Board. Her advocacy on behalf of children began in the 1970s, as President of Action for Child Transportation Safety, promoting car seat safety laws for infants and children. Marty was a middle school PTSA president in 1983-84 and was Co-coordinator of Family Services’ Homeless Children's Network from 1995-97. Drawn to classroom teaching, Marty earned her K8 teaching credential at the Bellevue Campus of Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, in 1987. Also a graduate of the University of Washington, she holds endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Science, History, and German. After teaching preschool for 8 years and when her children were grown, she began teaching middle and high school math in the Seattle School District, earning her math certification in 2000. In 2004, she gave up her own classroom and became a mathematics, science, and K-12 substitute teacher in the Seattle School District – finding a unique opportunity to work with students and staff in many different buildings and programs in the Seattle School District.
While teaching 7th and 8th grade math, as well as summer high school math for several years, Marty focused her education advocacy on learning standards, curriculum, and instructional practices. She has testified before the Seattle School Board, the Washington State Board of Education, and the Senate and House Education Committees in Olympia. Marty looks forward to continuing advocacy work on the Seattle School Board, sharing her perspectives from a range of SPS classrooms and programs, building on knowledge gained in her three years as a Board Director, and overseeing implementation of the SPS 2013 Strategic Plan. For the 2014-15 school year, an important new focus emerging from the Strategic Plan is the academic achievement of African-American boys; research demonstrates that system changes that bring success to these students simultaneously advance the success of a wide range of students with unique needs.
Marty welcomes frequent dialogue with parents and community members, believing strongly that such engagement is fundamental to ensuring that our schools are in step with the values and needs of our community. She has three grown children who attended Seattle Public Schools, beginning in 1978. She has been a resident of Puget Ridge Cohousing Association in the Delridge neighborhood of West Seattle since 1994, and previously resided on Capitol Hill. She enjoys dance as well as outdoor activities, and has studied Tai Chi for ten years.
As Board Director, Marty served as Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee from 2012 through 2014. In addition to membership on the Executive Committee, routine Board work, and focusing on policies and initiatives involving Teaching and Learning, Marty has worked on refining governance processes, including helping to create the Board Self-Evaluation Rubric and the Board Code of Conduct. She will be participating in partnership work with the City of Seattle's Family and Education Levy and Oversight Committee in the coming year. (Updated: 2/24/2015)
Community Meeting Schedule
Come meet with me to talk about our schools.
|Saturday, March 21||11:00 AM - 12:30 PM||High Point Branch Library, 3411 SW Raymond St.|
|Thursday, April 16||6:00 PM - 7:45 PM||West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Ave. SW|