Candidates lined up to run for Issaquah, Renton school boards

October 7, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

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Local school board elections are heating up as the Nov. 3 election gets closer.

There are two races Newcastle residents will participate in this year, one for The Issaquah School District and another for the Renton School District.

Issaquah School Board District Director No. 2

Marnie Maraldo

  • Education: Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics, Liberty University, Va.
  • Occupation: Formerly a project manager at Cisco Systems; is a stay-at-home mother of two and part-time employee of Janie and Jack, a children’s clothing store.
  • Wants to be a board member because: “I believe education is the key for future growth of our community. I really want to see change, and as an advocate at the state level, I can help change come into our district.”
  • How do you believe your leadership and qualifications will be an asset to the district? “I come in already knowing a lot about the district because of my volunteer work. I know about our goals for all of our students, how we have been underfunded for a long time and how we are financed by levies and need levy equalization. But I am also a quick learner.”

Wright Noel

  • Education: Associate degree, Ricks College (now Brigham Young University), Idaho; Bachelor of Science managerial economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; juris doctorate, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Occupation: Founding attorney at Carson & Noel PLLC
  • Wants to be a board member because: “I believe in public education, the good it can do and the importance of it to our society. Because of public education, someone can wake up and decide they want to be a CEO or a politician. That is vital to our society and I want to live in that society, so I want to help maintain that.”
  • How do you believe your leadership and qualifications will be an asset to the district? “I have kids from kindergarten to a senior in high school, so I have a perspective that spans the entire education system and how it effects people. I also bring the attribute of being a critical thinker. I would use those skills to evaluate information presented by the school district, and look at it critically and see whether they are accomplishing what they say they are.”

Renton School Board District Director No. 5

Pamela Teal

  • Education: Graduate of Mount Vernon High School
  • Occupation: Formerly an executive assistant for a chief executive officer and sacramental preparation coordinator at St. Anthony’s Church in Renton. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Renton School Board member and full-time civic volunteer.
  • I want to be a school board member because: “My passion for education is deeply rooted in a belief in active collaboration, and I want to continue being a part of our school district’s successes.”
  • How do you believe your leadership and qualifications will be an asset to the district, if elected? “Thirteen years of volunteer service enables me to look at ‘the big picture.’ This is imperative in order to manage the diverse interests within our district. I will continue to listen actively, and to collaborate and nurture partnerships with our business leaders and other governing agencies.”

Jim Grossnickle

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, with a double major in electrical engineering and physics, Pacific Lutheran University; Master of Science in aeronautics/astronautics engineering and a Doctorate in plasma physics from the University of Washington; member of Leadership Eastside class of 2012
  • Occupation: Research scientist at the University of Washington Plasma Physics Laboratory; formerly worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Wants to be a board member because: “I am concerned with math and science education and that so many families move out of our district because of their concerns with the schools. I also want to bring more openness and transparency to the governance of the district.”
  • How do you believe your leadership and qualifications will be an asset to the district? “I have expertise in math and science, two areas where the district is underperforming. I am a trained researcher; I will make sure that issues brought before the board are fully examined. As an Aldersgate Christian Preschool board member, I have experience in budgeting, setting policy and representing parents.”

Also up for election is Issaquah School Board member Chad Magendanz for District Director No. 4 representative. He is running unopposed.

Albert Talley, Renton School Board president and Director District No. 2 representative, is also up for re-election. He is also running unopposed.

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