At the League of Education Voters (LEV), we recognize all of the hard work that you do toward improving public education across Washington state. We are pleased to announce our Activist of the Month for December: Karen Albers.
Karen Albers has been advocating for children in Washington state since she moved to Richland, WA, in 1993. Karen got her start in advocacy after joining the PTA. She worked on gathering signatures for I-728 and 732, and brought petitions to the Richland /Kennewick/Pasco/ area. While Karen says she only made a small contribution in terms of signature numbers, she was nevertheless excited to be a part of the process when the signatures were presented to Governor Locke.
Since then, Karen has been deeply involved in her school district through the PTA, initially serving five years on the Washington State PTAs (WSPTA) Legislative Committee, then eventually as the WSPTA Membership Director and most recently, Vice President. She had the opportunity to participate on the OSPI K-8 Math Instructional Curriculum Review Committee. She also advocates for public education through LEV. Karen says she really enjoys LEV trainings because of their strong focus on activism and advocacy, so much so, in fact, that Karen is organizing the Washington state Office of the Educational Ombuds (OEO) “Finding Your Voice” training for Richland on January 18, 2014, in partnership with OEO, LEV, and the Richland School District. (more…)