Equity Department


  • To set common goals and visions for racial justice across our district
  • To demonstrate our district’s commitment to achieving equitable outcomes for students of color – outcomes must not be predictable by race or ethnicity
  • To ensure that every student in our district feels welcome, safe, valued, and has an honored identity in our schools
  • To facilitate open communication and meaningful dialogue with families and communities of color
  • To provide a mechanism for both accountability and transparent in advancing equity

Equity Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter, The Essential, shares news, updates, events, and resources to support, encourage, and enhance your equity journey. View the current and past newsletter issues here.

Meet the Equity Department

Taye Spears

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Director of Diversity & Equitable Inclusion

Aidé Valerio-Juarez

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Family & Community Partnership Coordinator

Lisa Thomas

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Multilingual Programs & Equity Secretary

Laura Gomez

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 Spanish Liaison

Shamsa Diriye

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Somali Liaison

Kelly Devlin

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Director of Multilingual Programs & Equity

Jean Ulysse

Family Engagement Specialist

Belle Koskela

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 Academic Language Coach

Ana Mujica

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 Spanish Liaison

Sabrina Sommer

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Equity Specialist


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Family Engagement Specialist

Shane Burchell

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ELD Coach

Olga Fedotova

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 Russian Liaison

Click here for a detailed list of our roles and contact information.