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Juanita Elementary Affirmation Mirror

Strong kids begin with strong minds. That's why Jordan McClellion at Juanita Elementary is nurturing her students to see the best in themselves through the "affirmation mirror" station.

Redmond, Wash. - Lake Washington School District is planning three ballot measures for the February 8, 2022 election. The measures are a replacement of the existing Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy, a replacement of the existing School Technology and Capital Levy, and a Building Excellence Capital levy. A recommendation was presented to the Board of Directors on October 4, and they formally approved the levies at their October 18 board meeting.

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    Kadama Team
    • Lake Washington High School
    • Redmond High School

    The current COVID-19 pandemic put online and mobile learning technologies at the forefront. That’s why three LWSD alumni turned their multi-services phone app into a tutoring service, and it has paid dividends. Amin Shaykho, Lake Washington High School ’16, Marwan El-Rukby, Redmond High School ’17, and Dani Shaykho, Lake Washington High School ’20, created the app called Kadama

    Darren Lim
    • Lake Washington High School

    COVID-19 vaccinations are being given across the state but getting an appointment has been a challenge for many. Lake Washington High School alum Darren Lim, class of 2019, is trying to make it a little easier to get those appointments for Washingtonians.

    Andrew Urrutia
    • Lake Washington High School

    Since winning the state 3A championship game as a pitcher with his Lake Washington High School team in 2018, Andrew Urrutia, ’19 has begun to make a name for his company TrainKicks, which creates custom cleats for professional athletes.

    Stephanie Zuel '10
    • Redmond High School

    When Stephanie Zuel was a student at Redmond Elementary, she loved her weekly visits with her Lunch Buddy, Bonnie. She remembers looking forward to sharing stories from her week and how fun and relaxing it was to spend time playing games and chatting. 

    Amy Sturdivant

    From a track and field all-star at Redmond High School to now performing stunts in big Hollywood films, Amy Sturdivant, class of 2009, is chasing her dreams.

    Second generation teacher making a difference in the district

    Tom Charouhas is a second-generation Lake Washington School District teacher and alumnus of Lake Washington High School, class of '73.

    Tania Finlayson

    Juanita High School graduate and Kamiakin Middle School parent (and former student!), Tania Finlayson is using her voice to help others find theirs.

    Nathan Straub
    • Lake Washington High School

    Lake Washington High School graduate Nathan Straub has been very busy since graduating in 2010. The Kirkland native graduated with a masters from Washington State University, started teaching music and is now the owner and director of a local music instruction business.

    Tyler Menezes '10
    • Redmond High School

    A former Redmond High School student is making a name for himself in the education world. Tyler Menezes, class of 2010, has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education 2019 list.

    Thomas Heier '98

    Thomas Heier (RHS, 1998) has traveled around the world serving in the U.S. Air Force.

    Robert Baxter '06

    Robert Baxter (EHS, 2006) challenges students to travel, meet new people.

    Paul Burke '10

    Paul Burke (RHS, 2010) is now actively promoting his roommate-finding app RentHoop.

    Gordy Elliott '72
    • Lake Washington High School

    LWHS alum, Gordy Elliott, retires as Auburn High School head football coach and A.P. US History and Civics teacher.

    Veteran Larry Barker with his LWHS diploma.
    • Lake Washington High School

    Veteran receives LWHS diploma 66 years after leaving to serve. Before his senior year, Larry Barker left Lake Washington High School to serve with the U.S. Marines in the Korean War.

    EHS alum and owner of Brick and Mortar Books talks with customer

    EHS alum and former Carson librarian open Brick and Mortar Books

    Melia LaCour '89
    • Lake Washington High School

    Melia LaCour is the Executive Director of Equity in Education at the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

    Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset '04
    • Lake Washington High School

    When the latest Fleet Foxes album comes out tomorrow, it will be the first in six years for Lake Washington High School alum Robin Pecknold (2004). He started playing music with Fleet Foxes’ guitar player, Skyler Skjelset (LWHS, 2004).

    Jessica Michel Hagan '99

    Jessica Michel Hagan had teachers who challenged her. She has taken those lessons to heart and is still challenging herself as Director of Sales at the KING 5 Media Group.

    Missi Hale '00

    Missi Hale (Juanita '00) has worked as a vocalist on several Disney projects.

    Shannon O'Donnell performs weather experiments with Dickinson first-graders

    Shannon O'Donnell, a meteorologist at KOMO News, shared her love of weather with first-graders at Dickinson Elementary School.

    Corinne Immel '03

    Eastlake High School alum Corinne Immel (2003) is now counseling the next generation of Wolves.

    John Laney '98
    • Lake Washington High School

    John Laney (LWHS, 1998) is a WA Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan '84
    • Lake Washington High School

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan played LWHS football. Now the 1984 alum is star of “Walking Dead."

    Alyssa Charlston

    Alyssa Charlston (EHS, 2010) goes from Vandals basketball to recording video at UW Athletics.

    Andrew Januik

    Andrew Januik (JHS, 2005) is now a Washington wine industry leader.