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Brower for school board

As a retired classroom teacher, special education support staff and elementary principal for Spokane Schools, I strongly endorse Deana Brower for the school board. Effectively overseeing a district with more than 28,000 students and 3,000 employees requires leadership with a clear understanding and appreciation for the complexities of the job.

Given Deana’s front-line experience as a classroom teacher in public schools, she knows the challenges facing educators today in preparing students for the high-stakes competitiveness of a global economy. She has volunteered in our schools and served collaboratively on district committees, the Chase Youth Commission and the YWCA board of directors.

Her leadership qualities include a willingness to respectfully listen to varying points of view, research pertinent issues and commit considerable time to help ensure the educational needs of all students are addressed. At a time when candidacy for public office can be motivated by a specific issue or two – or perhaps an ax to grind – this six-year position requires a person with positive intent, a broader agenda and a lasting commitment to students in more than 50 schools.

With increasing challenges and diminishing resources in schools, Deana Brower has the essential qualities to carry out this difficult mission.

Lou Haymond

Nine Mile Falls



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