Panel Discussion | Education during COVID-19
March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us in hearing from three experts about what has changed in the education sector during the pandemic. Each panelist will share what their committees have been experiencing within the education sector. Come learn and find out how to support their great work.
Erin Okuno – Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, Executive Director – Erin has experience with K-12 and early learning education policy, and supporting coalitions. Through these experiences, she has a deep interest in racial equity, which prepared her to lead SESEC. Erin is a Seattle Public School and previously a Seattle Preschool Program parent. She and her family reside in South Seattle. On the side, she enjoys borrowing too many books from the library and fretting over not finishing them on time and checking out South Seattle’s delicious eats. Erin graduated from Seattle University with an MPA.
Sharonne Navas – Equity in Education Coalition of Washington, Co-Founder & Executive Director – Sharonne is the first American born child of immigrant parents from Guatemala and El Salvador, Sharonne understands, and values, the complexity of being mutli-lingual and multi-cultural in America. A native of New York City, Sharonne moved to the Seattle area in 2009. In 2010, she was appointed as Commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Sharonne was an advisory member for the Thrive By Five‘s “Talk, Love, Play” initiative, a cohort member of Thrive by Five’s “Advancing Racial Equity Theory of Change in Early Learning,” a committee member of the WA State Education Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee. Sharonne is currently a member of the advocacy caucus, community network steering committee and sponsors group of the Road Map Project of CCER.
Bernadette Merikle – Community Center for Education Results, Executive Director – Bernadette ensures community voice is centered in all that CCER does by leading from the front on race as we seek to become a more anti-racist organization. They received their Master of Education in student development administration from Seattle University and their Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Their life work has focused on correcting systems failing to provide opportunities for Black and Brown achievement; Bernadette has spent decades calling the question on racial justice and shifting power in ways that redefine and reclaim agency and power stripped away from communities like the border town of El Paso, TX where Bernadette was born. A joyful intersectionalist that always starts with race, Bernadette loves soup. You can find them at Vina Pho most weekends.
Michael Nguyen – Recruitment and Retention Manager, Seattle Teacher Residency – Michael is the manager of the graduate-level teacher preparation program focused on developing a diverse pipeline of teachers specifically for Seattle Public Schools. He oversees admissions, recruitment, alumni relations, and community partnerships. Michael began his career in education as an AmeriCorps member with Partners in School Innovation, an education reform non-profit based in San Francisco, where he worked on student assessments and data analysis. He went on to a teach for ten years in high poverty elementary schools in Los Angeles and Seattle.