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    FP Team

    FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

    WHAT WE DO

    The FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS department supports the district and schools to effectively build strong family partnerships and advocacy to improve student success and school culture. 

     

    In 2018, the Family Engagement Taskforce presented Seattle Public Schools with the Family Engagement Action Plan that focused our work on these four pillars:

    • Shared Power & Responsibility 
    • Two-Way Communication 
    • Facilitating Positive Interactions 
    • Creating Welcoming Environments

    Our team supports school-based family engagement by providing:

    • Professional Development
    • Consultation about family engagement
    • Coaching school leaders and/or school family engagement teams


    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 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.

    DEFINITION
    Family engagement
    refers to school-family partnerships. It is the collaborative interaction between educators and families in activities that promote student learning and positive child and youth development at home, in school, and in the community, including but not limited to 

    • regular, two-way and meaningful communication between parents and school personnel 
    • outreach to our diverse families
    • parent education
    • staff professional development
    • volunteering school
    • decision-making and
    • advocacy. 

    Family Engagement is a shared responsibility which is continuous from Kindergarten through 12th grade and reinforces learning that takes place in all settings.



    Anita Koyier-Mwamba
    ANITA A KOYIER-MWAMBA 

    Family Partnerships Manager  

    Phone: 206-252-0716 

     

    Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Anita is a married mother of two school aged children. Anita’s Interests and hobbies include reading, world languages, traveling and learning national anthems. She received her BA in International Studies from Southern Oregon University and a JD from Seattle University School of Law, and is a passionate Human Rights Advocate.  

     

    Holding as a core belief that education is the human rights issue of our time because children are socialized into the obligations and privileges of citizenship at school, Anita strongly believes that we must make our schools work for students and their families as an imperative both for individual growth and national development.  

     

    Her philosophy of Family Engagement is that Families are the first and lifelong teachers in student lives and are essential partners in student learning. We must engage with them as partners and co-designers of student learning experiences.


    Asosa Sailiai
    ASOSA SAILIAI 
     


    Family Partnerships 
    Program Coordinator 

    Phone: 206-252-0758 

     

    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.”


    Chi H
    CHI D HOANG
     


    Family Partnerships 
    Administrative Assistant 

    Phone: 206-252-0479 

     

    Chi Hoang grew up in the greater Seattle area and studied Education and Sociology at the University of Washington. She has done extensive grassroots, community work in cultural heritage, education, faith, family, and design. She has a big appetite for noodle soups, a big curiosity to explore how cities form and function, and a big heart for working with children and serving communities. She also enjoys observing how the designs of life unfold and piece together in humorous, meaningful, and beautiful ways through personal stories.

    Mohamed Roble
    MOHAMED ALI ROBLE
     


    Family Partnerships 
    Student & Family Advocate 

    Phone: 206-252-0696 

     

    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.


    Margo Siegenthaler
    MARGO SIEGENTHALER 
     


    Project Manager of Engaging Families in High Schools (EFIHS)
     

    Phone: 206-252-0794 


    Margo grew up in a family of 8, proud of their Swiss heritage, who lived in several locations throughout the U.S. Her formative years were spent in an intentional, diverse, cooperative community where all people were valued, and teamwork was the norm. She has a husband and two amazing sons who are products of Seattle Public Schools. 

    Margo has a BA in Music and Early Childhood Education.

    Starting out as a Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher in Chicago, she then moved to Seattle and for 14 years she directed 
    Childhaven’s Mobile Resource Training Program for Family Childcare providers throughout King County. Then she worked in an SPS elementary school and received grants to coordinate an extensive tutoring program as well as family engagement and outreach activities for a very diverse student body. She came to the District’s Family Engagement Office in 2006 to lead Family Engagement Initiatives throughout the District. For four years she served as the District’s Special Education Ombudsperson, assisting families who needed help navigating the Special Ed system and organizing outreach and trainings for families who have children with special needs.

    This year she is back in the Family Engagement Office managing the Engaging Families in High School Success Project. She believes that families are the most important teachers of their children and that strong partnerships between families and schools are essential to our students’ success.
     


    Margo enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, road trips, singing in a community chorus, and playing volleyball. She especially likes ice cream, raclette (a Swiss alpine cheese), and 
    home-grown vegetables.