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Leslie S. Harris: District 6 School Board Director

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Director Harris

Director Harris (she/her)

Director Harris represents District 6, which includes West Seattle and South Park.

She was first elected to the Seattle School Board in 2015 and was elected to a second four-year term in November 2019.

She served as school board president for two terms and on the executive committee all four years of her first term, as well as VP, and chair of Audit and Finance Committee.

Committee and Liaison Assignments

  • Student Services, Curriculum & Instruction Committee 
  • Scholarship Committee Liaison

Schools Represented

  • Alki Elementary
  • Arbor Heights Elementary
  • Louisa Boren K-8 STEM
  • Concord International Elementary
  • David T. Denny International Middle School
  • Fairmount Park Elementary
  • Gatewood Elementary
  • Genesee Hill Elementary (formerly Schmitz Park)
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Madison Middle School
  • Pathfinder K-8
  • Roxhill Elementary
  • Sanislo Elementary
  • Chief Sealth International High School
  • Southwest Interagency
  • West Seattle Elementary
  • West Seattle High School

Community Office Hours

Beginning May 2022, Director Harris may hold office hours at the John Stanford Center by pre-arrangement on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and requests attendees to be vaccinated and to wear a mask. She usually holds community meetings at a West Seattle Library on the third Saturday of the month from 3-5 p.m.

As an added bonus, often times other directors join us and with a rotating one out of three chances for lasagna! Come join with your neighbors and others for rich and thoughtful conversation and brainstorming for creative solutions.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

About Leslie S. Harris

“We can do better for our kids, families, and community. We need to work together as a board, staff, principals, teachers, parents and other jurisdictions: state, city, and other communities to meet each child’s needs and potential, regardless of background, ethnicity, neuro- and physical diversity, and geographic location.

“Of particular interest to me are: alternative education, program placement, mentorship opportunities, increased access to: career and technical programs and more participatory sports, including funding and trainers for Unified Sports and club sports for all who wish to participate and assist.

“We need to replicate what is working and discontinue failing practices. With my 35 years of professional experience as a litigation paralegal for victims and workers and in civil rights, researching fact and law; my background on local, state, and national board work, I am committed to working with parents, community members, and others to raise all tides and provide the opportunity and growth for all of our children in this great and the fastest growing major city in the country is capable of.

“I am a native of West Seattle and live in the Highland Park/Delridge neighborhood with my husband Michael of 36 years. Our daughter Monica is a graduate of the University of Washington and was the beneficiary of a terrifically rigorous and creative education and mentoring at SPS’ Pathfinder K-8 School. Our foster daughter attended Middle College High School then at South Seattle College and I believe strongly that program saved her life as well as the lives of many other young people. We are most grateful for the dedication of all of the teachers and staff of the Seattle Public Schools.”

– Director Harris

Contact Director Harris

Leslie S. Harris
School Board Director
leslie.harris@seattleschools.org
206-475-1000

Please be aware that written communications sent to Board Directors, including emails sent to this email address, are potentially subject to public disclosure, in whole or in part, pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.