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Welcome to new Board Director Dr. Jennifer Jones

On May 13, 2019 the Federal Way Public Schools Board of Education held interviews and subsequently selected Dr. Jennifer Jones to fill the vacancy left by Claire Wilson.

Dr. Jennifer Jones was sworn in on May 14, 2019 at the school board meeting. Dr. Jennifer Jones will finish Claire Wilson’s term that ends in 2019.

Dr. Jennifer Jones was one of two applicants interviewed. All candidates interested in applying were asked to complete an application along with two short letters of reference by May 3, 2019. The board held interviews on May 13, 2019 after which they took executive action to select the final candidate.

“The FWPS Board is thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Jennifer Jones,” said Geoffery McAnalloy, FWPS Board President. “She brings experience as an educator and a vision for equity, which is essential as a board member in the most diverse school district in Washington state.”

Dr. Jennifer Jones’ daughter attended Star Lake Elementary, Sacajawea Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way Public Schools. Dr. Jones is deeply committed to equity in education and has spent the past 20 years of her career as a full-time faculty member at Highline College as a professor of geography and global studies.

Her previous experiences include serving as a community development volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where she worked with local leaders in the areas of agriculture, women’s health and youth outreach. She also was a social worker and communications coordinator for the Harriett Tubman Shelter in Chicago.

Dr. Jones has served as a parent volunteer in a variety of roles in FWPS. Also, she has been involved in her community including at the Hi-Liners Community Youth Theater, Kent Community Police Academy and as a guest lecturer at local retirement communities.

Dr. Jones received a PhD in geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She obtained a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in political science from Carleton College in Minnesota.

Board Director Position #2 represents the district and the following schools: Meredith Hill Elementary, Star Lake Elementary, Sunnycrest Elementary, Valhalla Elementary, Woodmont K–8, Totem Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School.