We are education professionals who are deeply invested in social justice. We are committed to building learning and community spaces that embrace equity work. We provide customized support and wrap around services allowing leaders to cultivate equity practices that honor diverse ways of knowing- students, families, staff and community.
Kate began her career in education as a high school English teacher and then counselor at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Her passion for equity led her to a district counseling position focused on supporting schools with family and community partnerships. After several years co-developing the partnership program, Kate was inspired to become an administrator and spent ten years as an elementary principal on the Eastside of Tacoma where she grew up. In 2016, Kate was named Washington State Principal of the Year for her commitment to equity, partnerships and student achievement. She served as the Director of Equity and Languages in North Thurston Public Schools for three years and recently returned to Tacoma Schools to serve as a coach in the Whole Child department. She also co-teaches a course for new administrators at Pacific Lutheran University titled: School, Family and Community Partnerships.
Ronnie was born and raised on the South end of Tacoma, Washington. He is Black, Indigenous (Cheroenhaka Nottoway), and German, while he acknowledges his cultural and ethnic roots, he identifies as a Black cisgender, straight man. Preferred pronouns are he, him, and his. Growing up he qualified for free lunch. He was a first-generation college student and the first person in his family to earn a doctorate degree and work in Higher Education. Before moving to Higher Education, Ronnie spent 11 years serving, mentoring, learning, and teaching English and Leadership at his alma mater, Mount Tahoma High School, as well as 1 year at Hunt Middle School in Tacoma. After leaving Secondary Education, he transitioned to Tacoma Community College, where he served as Professor for the Fresh Start program for a year. He was recently called to return to his home community and will continue to learn and serve in Tacoma Public Schools with The Whole Child Initiative (TWCI) team after spending 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Education and champion for Equity, Inclusion, and Healing throughout campus at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Ronnie earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland, master’s degree in Education with endorsements Secondary Language Arts and Elementary Education from Pacific Lutheran University, and bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Western Washington University.
"My educational degrees do not define me, but rather I define them." -Dr. Gordon
Dena is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Masters in Elementary Education, a Bachelor's in History and has taught primary and middle school grades. She has deep spiritual beliefs about unity, equity and justice from Baha'i teachings that have guided her choices her entire life. She is a mother of two beautiful children and married to the most loving person who supports and enhances all her work. Dena is currently teaching 5th Grade Ethnic Studies and prior to this, she served as a District Instructional Coach. In this role, she developed and recorded over 150 ELA lessons for elementary teachers to use during remote learning instruction. All the lessons were aligned with the Social Justices Standards and highlighted diverse cultural perspectives. She is also the author of www.teachinghumanity.org/.
Krista is a Change Management Practitioner who enjoys working with organizations to create and implement meaningful change. She received her Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and finds that her background as a mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution specialist give her a unique perspective on the impacts to employees of any organizational change. Because change can bring both professional and interpersonal conflict, Krista is passionate about coaching, facilitating, and mediating within schools as they strive to make important and enduring improvements to their climate and culture. She is currently serving as an Organizational Change Management Lead for the Department of Licensing, and previously served as an Assistant Human Resources Director for a local school district.
Damaris is a Dual Language (Spanish) Educator with two Master’s Degrees: Bilingual/Dual Language Curriculum Specialist and School Administration. Her career began as a Spanish Professor and ELL Teacher at Louisiana State. She later served as a Dual Language Teacher and Bilingual/Dual Language Instructional Coach at the Texas State where she received the Bilingual Teacher of the Year award before moving on to Washington State. She has been a General Education Teacher and an English Learner Specialist in both, elementary and middle schools. She also served as an Bilingual/ELL Instructional Specialist at the Tacoma District level. She currently serves as an Assistant Director at the Bilingual/ELL Department within the same district and has multiple visions and ideas on what the potential future may bring to our Hispanic community.