We are elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Seattle Public Schools and proud members of the Seattle Education Association writing in support of an outstanding candidate for Seattle City Council, Dr. Jay Fathi.

We have each come to know Jay through his tireless devotion to our students, and the educators and school staff who make our schools great. Dr. Jay was raised in Seattle and is himself the product of Seattle Public Schools. He later attended the University of Washington for undergrad and the UW School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Jay chose to work for 12 years in the 45th Street Community Health Clinic serving un- and underinsured children, families, and seniors across our city. He later served as Director of Community Health at Swedish before heading up implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State — helping over 500,000 Washingtonians get coverage. Now, he himself is an educator at the UW School of Medicine.

Although that is an impressive resume on its own, during that same time Dr. Jay has been a health care provider in our own schools serving as Attending Physician at Roosevelt High School Teen Health Center for six years and later Medical Director at Ballard High School.

In addition to his work on behalf of the health and well-being of our kids, Dr. Jay has been a tireless volunteer in our classrooms, lunchrooms, recesses, and field trips. This school year he is the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Hamilton International Middle School.

Dr. Jay has spent his career working with people to solve problems with compassion and care. He has built programs and partnerships to help improve the lives and health of our communities. And he has worked as an educator and volunteer to put his values into action.

We know that there are a number of candidates running to represent our students, teachers, district, and city on the City Council, but Dr. Jay Fathi is OUR candidate and we urge Seattle Education Association to put its full support behind his campaign.

Thank you,

  • Bente Fernandi, 5th Grade Teacher, Coe Elementary
  • Heidi Nielson, Teacher, West Woodland Elementary
  • Suzanne Leth, Special Education Teacher, West Woodland Elementary Martin McGowan, 1st Grade Teacher, West Woodland Elementary
  • Katie Barrett, Elementary Specialist, West Woodland Elementary
  • Jill Farbarik, 3rd Grade Teacher, West Woodland Elementary
  • Courtney Butorac, Special Education Teacher, West Woodland Elementary
  • Colby Dresbeck, 5th Grade teacher, West Woodland Elementary
  • Cheri Guthrie, Special Education Teacher, West Woodland Elementary
  • Pete McCausland, Instructional Assistant, Hamilton International Middle School
  • Megan Batty, 7th Grade Science and STEM Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School
  • Daniel Waldschmitt, Social Studies Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School
  • Katherine Fox, Spanish/Foreign Languages Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School
  • David Evans, Math Teacher/Athletic Director, Hamilton International Middle School
  • Kelli Colleran, 8th Grade and Head Counselor, Hamilton International Middle School
  • Lisa Coacher, Academic Intervention Specialist, Ballard High School
  • Kaitlyn Lundemo, Math Teacher, Ballard High School
  • Eric Ensign, Athletic Director, Ballard High School Ross Humphries, Ballard High School
  • Michael Broom, Academic Intervention Specialist, Mathematics Teacher, Ballard High School
  • Gordon MacDougall, Language Arts Teacher, Ballard High School
  • Kaija Reinelt, Chemistry Teacher, Ballard High School
  • TuesD Chambers, Teacher/Librarian, Ballard High School
  • Kira Franz-Knight, Social Studies/History Teacher, Ballard High School
  • Margaret Lang, 3rd Grade Teacher, West Woodland Elementary

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