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Edmonds resident Nancy Katims launches campaign for Edmonds School Board


Last updated 5/1/2019 at Noon

Nancy Katims

Edmonds resident Nancy Katims announced her candidacy Wednesday, May 1, for the open District 5 position on the Edmonds School Board, sharing early endorsements from local leaders and detailing her vision for a school district energetically focused on student success and equity.

She is the only candidate thus far to enter the race to replace Board President Diana White, who is not seeking re-election in 2019. White is running for a seat on the Edmonds City Council.

“We need energetic leadership in the Edmonds School District to instill a sense of urgency about the success of all students – not just some,” said Katims, 70.

“As a parent with 40 years of experience in public education, I know firsthand that our district can improve student learning, prioritize the use of resources, close the achievement gap and boost support for teachers in the classroom.

“I’m honored by the support our campaign has already received, and I’m eager to talk with voters across the District about my commitment to helping every single student succeed. For me, it’s really all about student success.”

Katims’ campaign kicks off with early endorsements from Edmonds City Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Tom Mesaros, as well as former School Board Director Susan Paine, the latter who is also running for a seat on the Edmonds City Council.

Katims’ ocampaign website (nancykatims4kids.com) outlines her priorities for the district.

“I met Nancy recently and was impressed with her platform of advancing the needs of students and families in our School District,” said Edmonds City Councilmember Buckshnis.

“Nancy understands the importance of setting clear goals and has the fiscal, psychological and communicative experience to ensure success. Nancy’s mission of ‘students first’ will resonate throughout the community, and I’m confident she’ll do an amazing job when elected to the School Board this year.”

Katims said she has devoted her entire career to improving educational opportunities for students, including almost two decades working as a program director in the Edmonds School District’s student learning department.

Before moving to Edmonds with her family in 1998, she spent about eight years working for Chicago Public Schools, four years working in a small rural Texas district, and seven years developing classroom-based materials in mathematics.

“Nancy is a collaborative and inspiring voice who truly believes in closing the achievement gap,” said Michelle Tessier, an English learner teacher in Edmonds.

“While she was at our District, I had the opportunity to watch the passion she has for student success get paired with real-world solutions to make that dream a reality. She has a unique ability to use her lens as our district’s former assessment director and as a former parent to help shape the conversation and move everyone forward.”

Since retiring from the district in 2015, Katims has been consulting for educational institutions across the country with her husband Michael, including the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning at the Museum of Flight.

Their two children, Jeff and Casey, graduated from Meadowdale High School and Edmonds-Woodway High School, respectively.

The election to fill the open four-year term on the School Board will take place in November 2019. Candidates must live in ESD’s District 5 geographic region, though the election is district-wide.


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