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One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

Redmond, Wash. – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Lake Washington School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in.

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    Pablo Ortega selected Director of Equity and Family Engagement


    Pablo Ortega, Director of Equity and Family Engagement

    Lake Washington School District is pleased to announce the selection of Pablo Ortega as its Director of Equity and Family Engagement. Mr. Ortega is currently the English Language Learner (ELL) and World Languages Program Director for Des Moines Public Schools.

    Pablo Ortega is the son of Mexican immigrants. He was born and raised in the City of Chicago. He is a product of the Chicago Public Schools. After working in the corporate and government sector in various human resources leadership positions, Mr. Ortega switched careers and became a middle school math teacher for ELL students. He later served as a middle school principal for Aspira Charter Schools in Chicago. Mr. Ortega brings with him experience as a bilingual instructional leader with deep expertise in instruction for English language learners, having been one himself.

    Mr. Ortega has a School Administrator/Superintendent endorsement from Lewis University and Drake University, a master’s degree in Education focusing on ELL and Secondary Mathematics from Quincy University, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from DePaul University. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a doctoral degree from Drake University.

    As the new Director of Equity and Family Engagement for Lake Washington Schools, Mr. Ortega will continue to expand his personal mission to drive equitable results for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic factors, gender, or English language abilities.