Seattle Public Schools

Family Partnerships and Engagement

Department Information

The Family Partnerships Team

Mission & Vision

Mission: Our mission is to build and expand the capacity of school and district staff to effectively engage with their families to support and improve learning, development, and the whole health of each student.

Vision: Families and schools collaborate in an authentic partnership to create a path for students to reach their highest potential.

What We Do

Our team supports the district and schools to effectively build strong family partnerships and advocacy to improve student success and school culture.

Family Partnerships maintains a portfolio of consultative, coaching, and capacity-building initiatives focused on:  

  • Capabilities: skills, knowledge, tools, and resources  
  • Confidence: self-efficacy  
  • Connections: building, broadening, and strengthening community-family networks
  • Cognition: fostering student-family centered mindset, beliefs & values changes 

Contact Our Team

Asosa Sailiai

Asosa Sailiai

Family Partnerships Program Coordinator

Having attended Seattle schools, American Samoa native, Asosa Sailiai continues to serve SPS with heart and commitment to support student learning and access to education. Through many roles, including extensive work with community-based organizations, and coaching high school football and track, Asosa connects to many different communities through his work with social services.

He believes that every student deserves to have a quality education no matter their circumstances.  Stemming from his culture’s value in elders and the wisdom they possess, Asosa sees that education should be about sharing and passing on to the next generation and works to improve a comprehensive and systematic approach to engaging families with Seattle schools. Asosa enjoys creating an atmosphere where people value who they are and what they have to offer to the world, in diversified forms from dancing to talking circles.  “It’s this creativity that I enjoy– trying to assist people in discovery.”

Mohamed Ali Roble

Mohamed Ali Roble

Family Partnerships Student & Family Advocate

Mohamed Ali Roble was born and raised Mogadishu, Somalia. For over 20 years, he has been working in Seattle Public Schools, serving many roles supporting students, families, and communities. Mohamed completed his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Somalia National University and master’s degree in Education and Counseling at Antioch University, Seattle.

Mohamed is committed to supporting students toward graduation and higher education, especially students from diverse communities and ethnic languages. As a family advocate, he promotes equitable and multicultural, welcoming environments and two-way communication.

Mohamed’s favorite hobbies are football (soccer) and walking at Alki Beach and Seward Park. He has three children (two daughters and one son) and one grandson and delights in a diverse range of foods from African and Asian to Latino and Middle Eastern foods.

Charlena Moultine (Ella/She/Her)

Family Partnerships Program Coordinator

Charlena is a queer Chicana, social justice conspirator, wife, mamá to 3 children and nana to 2 grandchildren. Charlena is a proud product of the barrios of Southern California where she was born and raised. Her gang affiliation, while facing motherhood at the age of 16, was the crossroads that led her to her first human services job in the Juvenile Justice System.

One of Charlena’s passions is bringing attention to the disproportionality of the educational disciplinary system and the direct connection to the incarceration rates of our brown and black children. Her labor also includes bringing light to the root causes and intersections that contribute to the perpetual separation of black and brown families while working to abolish our racist systems and institutions. The populations of families and youth that Charlena is in relationship and community with include our Black and Indigenous People of Color, LGBTQIA+, QT2SPOC, homeless, substance using, incarcerated, immigrant and refugee peoples.

If you need to find Charlena, she can be found in temazcal (inipi) (sweat ceremony) working with her ancestors to reclaim her indigenous sovereignty, practices, and traditions, in Goodwill thrifting, or at JoAnn’s accumulating more direly needed crafting supplies because they were on sale!