Marty McLaren - District VI
Marty McLaren is honored to be serving her first term as Seattle School Board Director, Position 6, bringing a wealth of experience as a parent, teacher, and advocate to her role on the School Board. She began advocating on behalf of children in the 1970's as President of Action for Child Transportation Safety, working to promote car seat safety laws for infants and children. Marty was a middle school PTSA president in 1983-84 and served as Co-coordinator of Family Services’ Homeless Children's Network from 1995-97.
Drawn to classroom teaching, Marty earned her K8 teaching credential through Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, in 1987. Also a graduate of the University of Washington, she holds additional endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Science, History, and German. After teaching preschool for 8 years and raising her children, she began teaching middle and high school math in the Seattle School District, earning her math certification in 2000. She eventually gave up her own classroom and became a mathematics, science, and K-12 substitute teacher in the Seattle School District – an experience which provided 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 House Education Committee in Olympia. Marty looks forward to continuing this work on the School Board, sharing her perspectives from a wide range of SPS classrooms and programs.
Marty has three grown children who attended Seattle Public Schools, beginning in 1978. She is a resident of Puget Ridge Cohousing Association in the Delridge neighborhood of West Seattle, where she has lived since 1994. Previously she resided on Capitol Hill. She enjoys dance as well as outdoor activities, and has studied Tai Chi for seven years.
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