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    Brandon K. Hersey - District VII

    The Board of Directors for Seattle Public Schools voted September 18, 2019 to appoint Brandon K. Hersey as the District VII Director representing Southeast Seattle. The District VII seat became vacant after the resignation of Betty Patu. Read the announcement about Director Patu.

    About Brandon K. Hersey

    I was raised in a family of proud black educators. Before she passed away, my mother taught history at my hometown high school where my sister currently serves as Assistant Principal. Throughout my childhood, I saw the lifelong impact that a teacher of color can have on students from marginalized communities.

    Like many families of color, education was our sole means of mobility and opportunity. As an educator myself, I work to provide that same access and opportunity to my students. However, factors such as institutional racism, income inequality and inequitable practices, place students of color further away from educational equity and justice.

    Last March, the Seattle School Board approved a strategic plan that sets the goals and vision of our district. It codified the commitment to narrowing opportunity gaps, ensuring access and providing excellence in education for every student, especially boys of color. To fully realize this vision, we need leadership that reflects the communities it aspires to serve and to hold itself accountable to its mission.

    As a black man, educator, and union member, I humbly seek this opportunity to advocate for the students and families of south Seattle as the District 7 Board Director.

    In the classroom, I have learned the profound effect that leadership and policy founded in equity can have on students. The students in our district need curriculum that reflects their culture, identity and lived experiences. I have learned that if our state continues to fail to fully fund education, we must go to Olympia and fight for it. Our community needs leaders with classroom experience who are willing to advocate for the students, families and educators of south Seattle. I will bring these lessons to the Seattle School Board in order to create effective policy to fully accomplish the vision of the Strategic Plan. As a former policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, I’m uniquely qualified to develop and evaluate policy in the interest of our students.

    South Seattle is my home. I’m committed to ensuring that all of our kids have bright futures. I serve as a scoutmaster to Troop 008 in Rainier Beach, an African American scout troop. I’ve watched these young men develop into future leaders. I want that same vision of opportunity and prosperity for every child in District 7 and beyond.

    If appointed, I will work with my fellow board directors to narrow the opportunity gap, champion an ethnic studies curriculum that details the rich history of the communities in our city and develop both social and fiscal policy that supports our students, as well as their families and educators.

    As a board, we have the responsibility to improve the educational outcomes for our students. I will be a leader who brings the experience of working directly with students and families, the experience of developing complex policy and who is a member of the communities most deserving of educational justice. I would be honored to have your support.

    Resume or Related Experience

    EDUCATION

    University of Washington Graduate School of Education: Accelerated Certification for Teachers (July 2017)

    University of Southern Mississippi, Honors College: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Communication Studies (May 2014)

    EMPLOYMENT/EXPERIENCE

    Primary School Teacher: Rainier View Elementary, Federal Way Public School District (August 2016 - present)

    Campaign Field Director: State Senator Joe Nguyen (August 2018 - November 2018)

    Policy Analyst: Washington, DC. Division of Economic Independence, Office of Planning Research & Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families. Assisted in the development and evaluation of national and state level social safety net policy. (June 2014 - June 2016)

    Legislative Debate Coach: Hattiesburg High School, Mississippi. Coached over 75 students and went to numerous debate tournaments across the country. (August 2011 - May 2014)

    Special Assistant to Dean of Students: University of Southern Mississippi (January 2011 - May 2014)

    LEADERSHIP and PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    Black Caucus Leadership Team: Washington Education Association (June 2019 - present)

    Representative Assembly Elected Delegate: Washington Education Association. Presented and debated WEA policy proposals with over 1000 WEA members. (April 2019)

    Executive Board Membership Action Committee Chair: Federal Way Education Association. Led FWEA lobbying efforts connecting FWEA members with their state senators and legislators. (November 2018 - present)

    Bargaining Support Team: Federal Way Education Association, Zone Captain (Summer 2018)

    Building Representative: Federal Way Education Association (September 2018 - June 2019)

    Math Curriculum Leadership Team: Federal Way Public Schools, Second Grade Team Member (September 2017 - present)

    School Leadership Team: Rainier View Elementary (September 2018 - present)

    Positive Behaviors Incentives and Supports Site Team Member: Rainier View Elementary (September 2018 - Present)

    Instructional Data Team, Second Grade Lead: Rainier View Elementary (September 2018 - present) Professional Learning

    Community (PLC) Lead (September 2018 - June 2019)

    Student Support Team Member: Rainier View Elementary (September 2017 -2018)

    Technology Integration Coach: Federal Way Public Schools (September 2017 - present)

    Technology Leadership Team: Federal Way Public Schools (September 2017 - present)

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (April 2012 - Present)

    Board Member: DREAM of Hattiesburg Board of Directors. Non-profit organization centered around youth drug and alcohol use prevention (Fall 2011 - 2013)

    FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    Henry M. Jackson Foundation Leadership Fellow (June 2017- June 2018)

    Assistant Scoutmaster: Boy Scouts of America Troop 008. Rainier Beach, Seattle. Led troop of 15 boys ages 11-15 through the scouting curriculum, community service projects and outdoor activities. (January 2017-Present)

    Harry S. Truman Democracy Fellow: Awarded to Truman Scholars with proven leadership in managing political campaigns (May 2015 -May 2016)

    Harry S. Truman Albright Fellow: Awarded to Truman Scholars serving in the federal government (June 2014 - June 2016)

    Harry S. Truman Scholar: National award for college juniors committed to careers in public service (February 2013)

    Ronald E. McNair Scholar: Extensive graduate school preparation & undergraduate research project (June 2013 - June 2014)

    Brandon Hersey smiles for a photo

    Brandon Hersey

    School Board Director
    brandon.hersey@seattleschools.org

    Committees

    • Operations Committee

    Representing

    District 7 Map

    • Beacon Hill
    • Cleveland
    • Dearborn Park
    • Dunlap
    • Emerson
    • Franklin
    • Graham Hill
    • Hawthorne
    • Interagency
    • Kimball
    • Aki Kurose
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Wing Luke
    • Maple
    • Mercer
    • John Muir
    • Orca
    • Rainier Beach
    • Rainier View
    • South Lake
    • South Shore
    • Van Asselt