Alison has been a tireless advocate for public education in Washington, working in many capacities over the years. She recently served as a Director on the Issaquah School Board and is a long-time trustee for the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Her PTA experience is extensive, having served as Issaquah PTSA Council president and legislative chair. She has held numerous offices at her local PTA, including President and Treasurer. Alison knows that the key to success in our schools lies in engaging the larger community. That’s why her advocacy work has focused on building positive relationships and collective solutions to issues as diverse as arts education or passage of local levies and bonds.
For the past 15 years, Jody Mull has been a passionate advocate for our public school students in Washington. During that time she has served her community in leadership roles at every level of PTA, including work as President of her elementary, middle and high school PTAs, and as a legislative chair with her PTA council in Issaquah School District. She currently serves as legislative chair for Issaquah High School PTA. Jody also puts her considerable talent to work for the Issaquah Schools Foundation, where she has volunteered for the past 13 years in many capacities, including serving twice as its President. Jody works with a host of community partners to help improve our schools, with a particular focus on funding for enrichment and extracurricular activities. She is active in statewide education groups such as Stand for Children (Washington) and The League of Education Voters, where her advocacy centers on helping struggling students and fully funding education. She is a strong voice for parents in Olympia and in her school district.
Beth Sigall’s passion for education advocacy was sparked 12 years ago, when her oldest son, now age 15, was diagnosed with autism. From that day Beth has worked in many different roles to help improve our schools. Her advocacy began as a special education attorney in Arlington, Virginia where she helped families navigate the special education system. After relocating to Washington in 2007, Beth became deeply involved in local and Washington state PTA, and in 2013 was recognized as the Lake Washington PTSA Council Outstanding Advocate of the Year. Her advocacy in Washington also includes extensive work with leading statewide groups The League of Education Voters and Stand for Children (Washington), where she advises state officeholders and others in support of policies to improve our schools. Beth played a critical advocacy role in passage of a first-in-the-nation law that establishes a career path and improved training for all paraeducators in Washington state.
“Five years ago I was 50 pounds overweight, taking a lot of medications, and so out of shape that my friends no longer wanted to walk with me.
For several years I sought help from nutritionists, physical therapists and gym trainers each of whom had the perfect program. I had very little success. It wasn’t until I met a trainer who asked me what I wanted, listened to my answers, and together we developed a personalized exercise program that has changed my life.
My dream is that every child has a personalized education program. Every student, their family and their community has a role in co-designing an educational program that spark curiosity, joy, and inspiration for every child.
For over 20 years I have been an advocate for improving public education both as a volunteer and paid staff. I have worked with all levels of PTA, Schools foundations, Bond & Levy committees, political and initiative campaigns. For 10 years I worked with the League of Education Voters where we focused on closing gaps and equity for all students.”