Lake Stevens School District 4

Age: 58

Occupation: Educational representative for Scholastic Publishing Co.

Political experience: 10 years on Lake Stevens City Council as president and council member.

Work experience: Doctorate in educational leadership. Previously a school principal and teacher in grades 4, 6 and 8.

Personal experience: Levy campaigns in Issaquah. Received PTA Golden Acorn Award.

Top 3 issues: 1. Work with legislature to increase pay for all school employees – teachers, support staff and administrators – so they do not leave our district. 2. Increase financial support for smaller class sizes and for music, drama and art. 3. Look at ways to use school sites after-hours and year-round to increase student learning.

Why voters should pick me: I will represent a balanced approach in helping to make our schools better. I visit more than 100 schools each year so I can learn firsthand which educational programs really work. I will represent all community members, not just a few. I have the experience.

Fun facts: Travel, hiking, boating.

Age: 44

Janice Thompson

Occupation: Homemaker and sole proprietor of a tax preparation service.

Political experience: One term (1998-99) on the Lake Stevens Governance Council.

Work experience: Seven years in a small business and 11 years as a mechanical drafter for Boeing.

Personal experience: Two terms as PTA co-president. Classroom and PTA volunteer. Participated in 1997 in the Lake Stevens School District’s Strategic Plan 2002. Attended School Board Director’s Training Workshop. Treasurer of South Lake Stevens.

Top 3 issues: 1. Quality education: Ensure our students receive the highest quality of education by meeting the new standards without losing focus on basic education in reading, math, science and the arts. 2. Community involvement: Work to improve community/school communication, including making it easier for busy parents and the community to get the information they need and want. 3. Growth: Relying on portable classrooms to reduce overcrowding is not the answer. We must work with the county and state to find adequate solutions.

Why voters should pick me: I offer my community the opportunity to choose a qualified representative who is committed to public education and who shares their concerns and desires for an excellent education for all children. Please visit to learn more about my positions.

Fun facts: I enjoy music, attending the Everett Symphony often and my sons’ band concerts.

Age: 48

Occupation: Instructor: Everett Community College, 1985 to present.

Political experience: None.

Work experience” EvCC instructor; department head, Internet/Graphic Design; Tenure Review Committee chairman, Cascadia Community College, Bothell.

Personal experience: Member, Lake Stevens School Levy Committee; co-chair, Lake Stevens School Boundary Committee; Odyssey of the Mind coach, Glenwood Elementary School; Odyssey of the Mind judge, Snohomish County Division. Master’s degree in art history, University of New Mexico; master’s in fine arts, University of Washington, photography.

Top 3 issues: 1: Quality instructors and educational assistants: It should be our primary goal to only hire qualified, skilled teachers who meet the licensing standards in their field. 2: Raising student achievement through increased community and parental involvement. It is essential that we continue to refine our vision for achievement outcomes and that we reach out to everyone in our community attain those goals. 3. Keeping pace with technology and communication by optimizing our classrooms and using computer technology more effectively.

Why voters should pick me: I am married and have two children attending Lake Stevens schools. I graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1971. I am a tenured faculty member at Everett Community College with 16 years of teaching experience. I will offer a higher education perspective and willingness to promote innovative approaches to high student achievement.

Fun fact: I climbed Mount Rainier in 1976.

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