My name is Maggie Tai Tucker and I am seeking your vote for re-election to MISD Board Position #3.
I am a pediatric occupational therapist, a newly minted social worker (MSW degree expected August 2023), a mom of three Mercer Island kids, and an active community volunteer.
I served as a board officer for three years of my first term -- as board vice president (Dec. 2019-May 2021) and board president (May 2021-Dec. 2022). Together with the rest of the board, I helped to steer the district through the Covid pandemic and through related financial difficulties. After the former superintendent announced her plans to retire, in my role as board president, I ran the 5-month-long search to find candidates for the board to consider in hiring her successor. In the end, the board unanimously selected Dr. Fred Rundle as superintendent. The search process included focus group meetings with all residents of the island interested in participating, a nationwide open search, interviews with 25 semifinalist candidates, and regular e-mail updates to the community. As a board member, I have pushed for improving the district’s communications with the public and I’m pleased to say that this goal has been largely accomplished.
Since two of my colleagues whose seats are also up for re-election are not running, I hope that by retaining my seat I will be able to provide stability, both externally, for the administration and the district, and internally, within the board. MISD will continue to face challenges over the next few years as nationwide demographic trends, exacerbated locally due to the pandemic, continue to lower our enrollment and therefore our funding. The board needs members who can advocate effectively on behalf of the district at the local, regional, and state level to ensure that our district gets every penny of funding it is entitled to, particularly for special education, which is significantly underfunded at present. In a second term, I hope to be able to help keep the district on track towards providing a rigorous curriculum that can meet every individual student’s needs. Learning technology has progressed tremendously in the last four years; I hope we can continue exploring new ways of making technology work for our students and staff while not neglecting hands-on, practical learning.