Keynote Panel

The son of teacher, Brandon was raised in Hattiesburg MS where he attended the University of Southern Mississippi Honor’s College. Upon graduation he worked as a Truman-Albright policy fellow in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families during the Obama Administration. For the past 5 years Brandon has taught 2nd grade at Rainier View Elementary in the Federal Way Public School District. In 2019 he was appointed to the Seattle School Board where he currently serves as Vice President and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Interim Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Dr. Brent Jones – is a leader that is dedicated to transforming and redesigning systems to generate outcomes where students thrive. With expertise in strategic planning, community engagement, change management, and human resources, Dr. Jones is a proven leader that drives progressive strategic agendas that are aligned to educational justice. He developed the Seattle Public School District’s strategy for eliminating opportunity gaps to realize racial equity for students and families. He has served in executive roles with MLK King County, Seattle Public Schools, Kent School District, Seattle Colleges and Green River College. As Superintendent, his vision is to ensure students experience: 1) high quality instructional time and intellectually ambitious curriculum; 2) ample opportunities to develop their self-identity; 3) highly favorable and welcoming conditions; 4) exceeding standards and completion of college prep and rigorous courses. Jones has deep community roots and is a proud product of Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington. He has earned Masters and PhD degrees in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys spending time with family, working out, making creative projects, and doing random acts of kindness.

As an educator for 20 years, Shane Baguyo has served as a school psychologist/school counselor (ESA), assistant principal, principal, assistant director, and executive director for several school districts in Washington State. Most recently, he was a school psychologist at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle Public Schools before moving into his new role as a Program Specialist in the Advanced Learning Department. He is also a Racial Equity Coach for SEA Center for Racial Equity and Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University. Shane has delivered professional development on racist ideologies, racial bias, and exclusionary intent for identification and services for students of color who navigate the special education and/or highly capable systems. His graduate courses teach students how to use protocols and school-based structures to reduce racial disproportionality. Shane has also presented at district, regional, state, national, and international conferences.

Rachelle Horner is a 13-year teaching veteran of Eastlake High School. She teaches AP US History and University of Washington in the High School Composition 131 and Comparative Literature 240; a social justice focused English class. She leads her school’s equity team that provides professional development on social justice pedagogy and cultural humility for staff members through collaborative and equitable partnerships with parents and students. She started a Student Equity Advisory Board and is the Black Student Union Advisor. In both spaces she builds students’ capacity for leadership on equity issues which culminates in a variety of student led initiatives to create an equitable school culture. In addition, Rachelle is a social justice consultant working with companies around equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. She was a finalist for the 2020 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her motto is “social justice is not an additional burden you have to shoulder; it is the lens with which you choose to see the world.”

A University of Washington graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in History minor in Elementary Education, I am an ESP(Educational Support Professional) in the role as Intervention Specialist (Academic and Behavioral) at Rochester High School for Rochester School District. I have been in this role since 2017 and was instrumental in creating the PACE (Positive Alternative Classroom Environment) Room where the ISS standards were realigned in a positive environment, I currently serve in many capacities such as Building Representative (RHS) and Bargaining Member for RESP Union, WEA RA Delegate, ESP Rep for RHS SLT (Staff Leadership Team), Building and District Behavioral Team, ESP Representative for the District Facilities Committee, Building Equity Team, Liaison Representative for the Chehalis Tribal Community and the ESP Representative for the Instructional Team Leadership Team. I am also the WEA and NEA ESP At Large Board of Director representing our union members statewide and nationally respectively. Besides all of the above, I am most proud to be a member of the WAESN as it is the “heartbeat” of WHY I do what I do. I am a strong advocate for racial, social and economic justice and am vocal about the importance of Ethnic Studies. Ethnic Studies is critical because it provides a multidisciplinary lens through which new approaches to learning will emerge. Ethnic Studies develops culturally competent, global students with diverse perspectives of valuing their own cultural identity and appreciating differences around them. It provides understanding of each other’s worlds that are different from their own. Integrating social justice in whatever you do is also a critical and decisive factor of Ethnic Studies as it applies diplomacy, awareness in order to be engaging with different communities.

Priyanka is a junior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington. An advocate for racial justice and equity in schools, Priyanka has worked with the City of Bellevue on Bellevue’s Youth Board and on BSD school Racial Equity & Inclusion teams to better her local community. On the state level, Priyanka serves as a Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) member and a Washington Ethnic Studies Now (WAESN) Youth Board member. Priyanka has also founded a youth organization, Education for Equality, to further youth interest in fighting for equity in schools!

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