Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!
Student and Community Services
John Appelgate | Director of Athletics and Activities
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Mr. Appelgate provides leadership and oversight of athletics and activities programs. He represents the Lake Washington School District with state and regional athletic associations. Mr. Appelgate serves as the district’s Title IX coordinator, monitoring and coordinating the district’s compliance with Title IX and other federal and state laws and policies pertaining to gender equity and non-discrimination.
Department Webpage: Athletics
Scott Emry | Director of Risk and Safety Services
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Mr. Emry provides leadership and oversight of programs and services that support the safety and security of students and staff within the District. He provides leadership with his team in the areas of emergency preparedness and response, safety and supervision, threat assessment, risk assessment, and claims and insurance management. As part of this effort, Mr. Emry also helps coordinate preparedness and response efforts with local health and safety agencies.
Pablo Ortega | Director of Equity & Family Engagement
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Mr. Ortega provides leadership for the district’s efforts to build a culture of opportunity, equity and inclusion for all students, families, and employees. He plans, organizes and directs activities related to diversity and outreach; provides direction and leadership to close opportunity gaps for students of color and students with disabilities; and leads and supports district efforts to increase student opportunity, achievement and success for traditionally underserved student groups.
Department Webpage: Equity & Family Engagement
Shannon Parthemer | Director of Communications
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Mrs. Parthemer provides overall leadership for the district’s communications operations and serves as the district’s Public Information and Communications Officer. She acts as district spokesperson for the media and the public, ensuring timely, reliable, accessible and accurate provision of information and communications. She leads the development, integration, and implementation of the district’s public/media relations and communications plans aligned with district goals and objectives. Mrs. Parthemer assumes responsibility for internal and external district publications; print and social and multi-media communications; and, volunteer community engagement efforts.
Johnny Phu | Director of Student Services
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Mr. Phu provides leadership and oversight of programs and services that support student academic success, safety and social-emotional well-being. He serves as the district compliance officer for issues pertaining to student harassment, intimidation, and bullying; serves as the district hearing officer for issues pertaining to student discipline; and, provides oversight of the district counseling; attendance; and drug and alcohol prevention and intervention programs.
Department Webpage: Student Services