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ISF’s Margarita Leas and Marisol Visser Awarded WASA Community Leadership Award

ISF’s Margarita Leas and Marisol Visser Awarded WASA Community Leadership Award

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 31 May, 2017
On May 12 the Washington Association of School Administrators honored Margarita Leas and Marisol Visser with the WASA Community Leadership Award. They were honored for their tireless work to help reach, welcome, and engage non-English speaking families in the Issaquah School District. 

In 2014, Margarita and Marisol initiated a collaboration with the Issaquah School District to develop a bilingual magazine that covers school information, called Voz de La Comunidad. The magazine quickly caught the attention of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, where Margarita and Marisol were brought on to create Cultural Bridges magazine. Cultural Bridges is an expanded version of Voz de La Comunidad that is offered in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Working together, Margarita and Marisol co-founded with Rosann Rankin (Equity and Family Partnerships with the ISD) a family partnership team that includes a diverse group of parents and staff members. They participate actively in the ISD Equity Advisory Group, and also led the development of two highly successful educational parent nights. The events help families navigate the American public school system, the Issaquah School District, and provide enrollment and registration assistance.

Margarita and Marisol are role models who have contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer time to help Issaquah School District families, ultimately making the ISD more welcoming for all. The Issaquah School District is truly grateful and proud to honor them with the WASA Community Leadership Award. Congratulations, Margarita and Marisol!

Pictured from left to right: Liz Swanson (Executive Director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation), Rosann Rankin, Margarita Leas, Marisol Visser, Ron Thiele (Superintendent), Emilie Hard (Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services), Suzanne Weaver (ISD School Board Member)