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Mead students experience reading with a simulated vision disability

What does it feel like to have a disability? The Margaret Mead Elementary School PTSA wanted students to be able to empathize with their peers who face mobility, learning or other challenges. As part of Disability Awareness Month, they set up a Disability Awareness Fair with eight learning stations.

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Chris Carlson, President

Director, District Two
First elected: 11/2007
Term Ends: 11/2019

Chris Carlson biography

Formal portrait of Chris CarlsonChristopher Carlson, Ph.D., was elected to the school board in November 2007. He is a faculty member in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Division of Public Health Sciences. His lab focuses on identifying correlations between genetic variation and disease risk for cancer, diabetes, and other common diseases, then identifying the biological mechanism responsible. Carlson is also an affiliate assistant professor with the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. He holds a B.A. in molecular biology from Pomona College. His Ph.D. is in genetics from Stanford University.

Carlson has been an active member of the Lakeview Elementary School PTSA. He has been a participant in state PTA efforts for math and science education reform. He is also a member of the Washington State Board of Education K-12 Mathematics Standards Advisory Panel. He serves on the SBE K-12 Science Standards Advisory Panel. He coaches soccer in the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association and is an avid skier / snowboarder. He lives in Kirkland with his wife and three sons.

Email: Christopher Carlson

Siri Bliesner, Vice President

Director, District Five
First Elected: 11/2011
Term Ends: 11/2019

Siri Bliesner Biography

Formal portrait of Siri BliesnerSiri Bliesner was elected to the school board in November 2011. Bliesner works in public health. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in human biology. Bliesner received a Master’s in public health from the University of Washington. She speaks Spanish and currently works for Hopelink as the outcome and evaluation coordinator.

Originally from the Seattle area, Bliesner and her husband of 18 years, David Cline, have two children. Samara attends Redmond High School and Josiah attends Redmond Junior High. For the past 10 years, Bliesner has volunteered in her children’s schools. Bliesner helped implement after-school activities including chess club, math club, Lego league robotics and school musical productions at Rockwell Elementary. She received a Golden Acorn Award from the Rockwell PTA for her work. Bliesner is also a founding board member of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. She developed their classroom grant program.

Email: Siri Bliesner

Nancy Bernard

Director, District Three
First elected 11/1997
Term ends 11/2017

Nancy Bernard Biography

Formal portrait of Nancy BernardNancy Bernard was first elected to the Board of Directors in November 1997. She has served as Board President, Board Vice President, and Legislative Representative. She served four years on the Washington State School Directors’ Association Legislative Committee.

Mrs. Bernard is a public health advisor with the Washington State Department of Health. She manages the indoor air quality and school environmental health and safety program. She has a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane University; a BS in Environmental Health and a BA in Health Education from the University of Washington. She is a 2001 graduate of the Eastside Leadership Institute. Mrs. Bernard was a science education specialist in private schools for five years and was the John Muir PTSA Science Chair for eight years. She served on the Washington State Commission on Student Learning Health & Fitness Subject Advisory Committee. She was a member of the Lake Washington School District Health and Fitness Curriculum Committee.

Her two adult children attended schools in the Juanita and Lake Washington Learning Communities. Her husband is the Region 10 FEMA NIMS Coordinator.

Email: Nancy Bernard

Eric Laliberte

Director, District One
First Elected: 11/2015
Term Ends: 11/2019

Eric Laliberte Biography

Formal portrait of Eric LaliberteEric Laliberte was elected to the school board in November 2015. He is an attorney practicing business and real estate litigation at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. in Seattle. Laliberte is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. He also earned a Bachelors in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Chapman University. In addition to his work on the school board, he also serves as Chair of the Kirkland Planning Commission and as a member of Leadership Eastside. He and his wife married in 2014. They live in the Juanita neighborhood of Kirkland.

Email: Eric Laliberte

Mark Stuart

Director, District Four
First Elected: 11/2013
Term Ends: 11/2017

Mark Stuart Biography

Formal portrait of Mark StuartMark Stuart was elected to the school board in November 2013. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism. His career in Public Relations has afforded him the opportunity to work with local, national, and international media, as well as elected and non-elected government officials and their staffs on issues vital to the well being of our nation. He has facilitated collaboration between business, professional organizations, and community groups for the common good. Stuart, a life loyal Sigma Chi, currently works as an issue management and media relations consultant.

As the father of two sons who have attended four different LWSD schools, Mr. Stuart has taken the time to volunteer within those schools. He enjoys getting to know district personnel and seeing them in action. Mark and his wife are respected as strong advocates for inclusion, multi-modal strategies, and providing students with the tools necessary to benefit from their instruction. The Stuart family appreciates the benefits of diversity in education as veterans of both public and private preschools and charter schools serving students of all abilities.

Email: Mark Stuart