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Two seats are challenged, one is not in May 18 Tigard-Tualatin School Board race

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Tigard-Tualatin School Board has three open positions in the May 18 race.Voters will weigh in on three open seats on the Tigard-Tualatin School Board in the May 18 election. Two of those races are contested — one is a three-way race — the other is not.

Facing off in the Position 1 race are David Jaimes, Amy Zuckerman and Donna Kreitzberg in a seat currently held by Sharon Fox who is not seeking reelection.

Jaimes is an assistant principal at Edwards Elementary School in Newberg. He holds an administrator's license from Concordia University of Chicago and has a master's degree from Portland State University in general education and English to Speakers of Other Languages. He previously worked for three years as a two-way immersion teacher at Bridgeport Elementary School in Tualatin.

Zuckerman currently works as director of compliance and systems management. Prior to that she worked as a senior sports technology consultant and as a human resources systems manager for the Portland Trail Blazers. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in humanities from Portland's Concordia University.

Kreitzberg's occupation is listed as a property manager but she also has worked as a certified public accountant, real estate broker and business lawyer. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Denver, a master's degree in management in finance from Willamette University Graduate School and a law degree from Willamette University Law School.

Both Octavio Gonzalez and Tristan Kira Irvin are vying for the Position 3 race, currently held by Karen Emerson who is not seeking reelection.

Gonzalez is an account manager for Pacific Landscape Management. He took business and landscaping courses while attending Clackamas Community College.

Irvin is a fifth grade teacher at Willamette Connections Academy. She previously taught within the Tigard-Tualatin School District and at Oregon Connections Academy. She holds a master of arts degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Meanwhile, Marvin Lynn, a professor and dean in the college of education at Portland State University, is running unchallenged for the Position 5 seat that has been occupied by Maureen Wolf since 2009.

Lynn has a doctor of philosophy degree in education from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York City.

Wolf, the current chair who has been voted chair four other times, said it was a tough decision to step down at an incredibly important time in the district's history.

"For two years, I have been advocating for a diversified board," she wrote in an email. "Last year I had hoped to expand the board to seven (all 10,000-plus districts have seven members except for TTSD and Springfield), but COVID didn't allow for me to meet with communities to discuss that further and what that might look like for our district (in terms of positions, zones or a hybrid of the two)." 

Wolf said she believes the district has accomplished a lot during her tenure including passage of bonds, levies, expanding early learning, pursuing career technical education, coming up with a strategic financial plan and equity work.

"Public education is a game changer and we need to ensure that is true for all," she wrote. "As for my future, I hope to continue in my regional and state work."


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