After an appointment starting in November 2016 and earning over 75% of the votes in 2017, Melissa Determan Beard is running for re-election to the Tumwater School Board in 2021. Here she shares a bit of the personal and professional history that makes her an excellent candidate:
Learning, working, and serving Tumwater schools is in my blood. I am the proud daughter of a beloved past Tumwater Schools bus driver; and am a graduate, former classroom aide and volunteer, and now parent in Tumwater.
Tumwater empowered me to follow my path as a life-long learner by earning a master’s degree from Stanford, PhD from the University of Washington, and returning home to pursue my career. Since 2006 I’ve effectively navigated challenges public schools face. I’ve served the state’s K-12 and higher education systems through education policy, data, and budget analysis roles. I am a skilled listener, problem solver, and facilitator.
Since my appointment to the school board, I’ve learned the best solutions to our schools’ challenges can be found locally; and should be influenced by the voices of students, families, teachers, principals, educational support staff, district administrators, and the board.
I believe every child deserves to explore their unique path. I strive to contribute to a culture of acceptance for every student and their family. I have no hidden agenda other than to work hard to help future generations of proud Tumwater grads as they enter into an increasingly complex and changing world.
I have been serving as an appointed member of the Tumwater School Board since November 2016. Right now I’m running to fill that seat. Thank you for your support.– Melissa Determan Beard, June 2021