Education Policy Wonk Announces Her Candidacy for Tacoma School’s Position 4

Tacoma, WA – Andrea Cobb has announced her candidacy for a seat on Tacoma Public School District’s Board of Directors. Andrea is currently a project manager at the Tacoma Housing Authority working to design and implement a new children’s savings account program for students living in the Salishan Community. In the past Andrea has worked as a Policy Analyst under State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn; and as a College Admission Counselor at University of Puget Sound, and at her alma mater Willamette University.

When asked why she is running Andrea shared,

“I loved my experience learning and growing in Tacoma Public Schools. I have clear and fond memories of teachers at Jennie Reed Elementary, Baker Middle and Lincoln High School that encouraged and supported me as I progressed toward high school graduation.

I am pursuing this position because I understand both the needs of students in the district and the challenges educators face in their effort to meet those needs. I believe that the district is headed in a positive direction, but that it is going to take a lot of hard and thoughtful work to implement all of the reforms in assessment, student learning standards, and teacher evaluation that the state has called for while still keeping a focus on the unique needs of our community.

I firmly believe that within our community we have all of the resources and skill we need to ensure that we consistently achieve excellence in our outcomes for all students. I am committed to approaching this challenge with a spirit of collaboration, professionalism and integrity, and I am excited to contribute my background and expertise to the process.”

Andrea has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs where she focused on education policy and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington.

Andrea is a proud member of the Palmer Scholars board of directors, a local nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentoring support to low-income students of color. This volunteer experience is close to her heart as its founder Merle Palmer was integral in helping her find her way to Willamette University.

Andrea lives in central Tacoma with her husband and three fabulous boys to whom she is a proud “bonus mom.”

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