Nuestra comunidad es un hermoso lugar para vivir y me siento privilegiada de la llamar la zona de Highline mi hogar. Como padres de familia y come abogadadora de la comunidad he estado trabajando para mejorar las vidas de nuestros hijos; Yo preveo un distrito escolar que trabaja para crear un sistema educativo de calidad mundial y de proporcinar a nuestros niños con las herramientas necesarias para tener éxito en el siglo 21.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Get to know Angelica

Angelica M. Alvarez is a resident of Burien, WA and running for the Highline District School Board, Position 2. Born and raised in San Luis, Arizona to migrant field workers, Angelica has traveled and worked in the fields alongside her family most of her life. Following graduation from high school in Los Banos, California Angelica began working in social services and education. She dedicated ten years to the Merced County (CA) Office of Education before moving to Burien to start a bilingual church with her husband, Rev. Ernesto Alvarez, to serve the predominantly Hispanic community.

The vision Angelica has long held is that the Highline School District should be working towards creating a world-class education system, providing students with the tools needed to succeed in the 21st century. Her priorities on the Highline School Board will include:

 Academic success for all children regardless of their ethnic and social background.

 Promoting pathways to improve the transition between early childhood education and the school system.

 Collaborative partnerships between school staff and parents that demonstrates inclusiveness and builds leadership within the academic institution.

Angelica believes it is important to serve and regenerate the community, and for nearly a decade has worked for an agency dedicated to promoting equity for children, building community stability and encouraging school readiness. She works for the non-profit Childcare Resources in Seattle (services King Co) with contract budgets and values her interdisciplinary work environment and the importance of accountability. Her work often brings her in contact with King County’s low income families in an effort to service the basic needs of the children in their family unit. Angelica’s goal is to bring these same values and skills to the Highline School District.

In addition to working with her congregation Angelica has served as referral resource for people in the community who seek social services. She and Rev. Alvarez are dedicated in their work with the Hispanic community and share with their children the significance of participating in the community as a whole. Angelica has been a trained Community Emergency Response Team member since 2006, serving SeaTac, Burien and Normandy Park. She very much enjoys spending time outdoors with her kids and going for walks with their two dogs, Oscar and Chloe. Angelica is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Education at Goddard College and aims to graduate with her Masters degree in 2011.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Alvarez Family of Burien, Washington.

Angelica and Rev. Alvarez with their children Ernie, Mia, Nieves and Emily.