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    James Bush
    Director of Family and Community Partnership
    Phone: 206-252-0513

    Prior to joining SPS, I served as the Neighborhood Programs Manager at the Department of Neighborhoods, where I managed a variety of community building programs including: Neighborhood District Coordinator Program, Neighborhood Matching Fund, People’s Academy for Community Engagement, and Public Outreach & Engagement Liaison programs. I served as a key leader in the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative for three City of Seattle mayors, and am committed to improving educational outcomes for Seattle students, parents, and communities.

    A Seattle native, I grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. I attended the University of Washington where I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. I am happily married with two children Jordyn and Justin.

    Rivka photoRivka Burstein-Stern
    Partnership Alignment Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0688

    I am responsible for building systems, policies, and tools to support strong, effective partnerships between schools and community based organizations. This includes partner onboarding and professional development, and working collaboratively to streamline and improve existing structures and systems.

    I am excited to be working for SPS because I am a proud product of Seattle Public Schools, and I want every kid to have access to the quality education that I was fortunate to receive. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than bringing our schools together with the amazing resources of our local community to ensure that kids and families get the supports they need to be successful. In my spare time I enjoy singing 1990s era karaoke, exploring new soup recipes, and chasing my energetic toddler around the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest (and trying to keep him from eating too much dirt...)!

    Jennifer ChamberlinJennifer Chamberlin
    Partnership Data & Systems Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0518

    I am responsible for facilitating improved partnerships between schools and CBOs by leading the development and refinement of technology solutions that support data informed decision-making through data collection, data sharing, and data use.

    As a Southern California native, I am excited to bring my passion for education and assisting others to my new home here in Seattle. Our community partners offer a wealth of opportunities and services to our parents and students, and I am honored to be a part of helping to build and grow this community. In my spare time you can find me traveling the world, searching for the best Mexican food, and playing video and board games with friends.

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    Community Alignment Initiative Coordinator
    Phone: 206-252-0994

    I am responsible for coordination and implementation of the Community Alignment Initiative, which is a framework that supports school-based programs, particularly licensed programs, to complement and align their programming to the teaching and learning happening during the core school day. This includes convening a representative group of programs, the Learning Partners Group (which has been around since 2000), to advise and provide oversight on this work.

    I have been working in Seattle Public Schools since 2000, when the Community Alignment Initiative first launched. I have worn many hats in my time at SPS, which has given me a unique vantage point on our work. I am very experienced in the challenges of working within a large urban school district, and I do this work because I’m passionate about it – I come from a long line of teachers/educators and really believe in the importance of having a well-educated public.

    Kathlyn photoKathlyn Paananen
    Housing and Education Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0936

    I am thrilled to be doing work that brings together my passions of equity, education, and housing to help children succeed. I am responsible for managing the partnership and implementation strategies between Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Housing Authority, and other affordable housing providers. In this role, I connect the shared resources of SPS and affordable housing providers to help our students and families attain the education and life success they aspire for themselves.

    Raised in a military family, I had a unique opportunity to live and experience the educational system across the US and in several different countries. I am glad to have found a home here in Seattle and become a lifelong Husky where I received a bachelor's degree in community and environmental planning and a master's of public administration at the University of Washington. I am also a proud parent of two young children, one who attends SPS. In my free time, I love playing soccer and frequenting Seattle's beautiful outdoor parks with my children.


    photo SarahSarah Perez Hamilton
    Partnership Systems Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0794

    I joined the School & Community Partnerships team in a newly created position in October 2019 and work to support implementation of the Families, Education, and Preschool Promise (FEPP) Levy and strengthening systems and supports related to alignment with the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL). My work includes supporting professional growth and technical assistance for FEPP schools and partners, convening relevant parties within SPS and DEEL, project management of shared work, and supporting schools and community partners to build strong, effective, integrated partnerships aligned to DEEL and SPS goals. 

    I deepened a commitment to public education while working at the University of Washington in community engagement and service learning, partnership development, and early learning.  I am thrilled to be a part of the School & Community Partnerships team and work alongside others dedicated to educational justice. Originally from North Dakota, I attended college in Minnesota and Bellingham, WA, taught English in Istanbul, Turkey, and now call Seattle home where I moved to in 2001. I am a proud SPS parent to two daughters who I learn from on the daily and can often be found attending school events, discovering local community festivals, or running (kid-free) along Lake Washington. 

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    Audrey Querns
    Creative Advantage Project Manager
    Phone: 206-252-0782

    I am responsible for project management of the Creative Advantage, Seattle Public Schools’ Arts Plan with the vision of ensuring every student at every school has the opportunity to learn through the arts, every year from kindergarten through 12th grade. We are a public-private partnership between the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle Public Schools, the Seattle Foundation and community based partners.

    Seattle is a such fast-growing and changing place and we all need to play a role in preparing every one of our young people to thrive in our community. It is wonderful to get to play a role in bringing smart and passionate people together to help our kids cultivate their creativity, explore their identities, and grow their 21st Century skills through the arts.

    In my free time, I love to travel anywhere and everywhere with my family whether it is driving around Alaska, visiting family in Japan, or peeking under rocks for hidden sea-life on Alki Beach.

    Amy Raridan photoAmy Raridan
    Senior Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 206-252-0056

    I am the primary point of contact for data sharing with community partners and FERPA, and help to ensure partner alignment by serving as a liaison between SPS staff, schools, CBOs, and the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning. I am also responsible for providing administrative support for the School and Community Partnerships team.

    I joined Seattle Public Schools in 2019. Prior to this position, I served transitional-aged youth in Oakland, CA for a decade. I am excited to use my background in education administration and youth development to serve my community in Seattle. In my spare time, I am an avid reader, an amateur baker and ice cream maker, and a cinephile who attempts to watch a movie a day.


    Natalie Williams photoNatalie Williams
    Project Coordinator

    I am the Project Coordinator for the Seattle Intervention Tracking and Community Partner Access project. The primary goal of this project is to improve student outcomes through the collection, tracking, and analysis of student interventions, creating a more data-informed learning environment.

    I have been committed to serving youth and families in the Seattle area throughout my career. Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, I served Aki Kurose Middle School as a community partner implementing gap-closing programs. I am a proud Husky and received my Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School - Go Dawgs!

    I am also a proud mom and wife who loves to travel and explore new restaurants and still find time occasionally for creative pursuits like painting and printmaking.

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