Multicultural Advisory Council

    The BISD Multicultural Advisory Council has provided service and guidance to the district since 1986. The goals of the multicultural education program are to have each student:

    • Feel valued and respected

    • Be Successful, both academically and socially

    • Recognize and understand diverse perspectives

    • Make meaningful contributions in a democratic society         


    Mission Statement

    To create an inclusive environment where all students, teachers, non-certificated personnel, parents and administrators feel safe, secure and understood…truly feel valued as unique individuals.  In this environment, each can be free to learn while interacting caringly and positively with the commonalities and differences present in our diverse school community.

    This will help our students to freely embrace diversity and differences as desirable traits and as strengths and uniqueness of our country, as they confidently become contributing members and leaders in our increasingly diverse society locally, nationally, and globally.


    The Council shall consist of voting members appointed by the BISD Board of Directors.  Members will be parents with at least one child enrolled in the district at the time of appointment.  The Council shall also consist of voting members appointed by the Board who are members of the community.  The Council membership shall reflect diversity in terms of culture, national origin, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation consistent with the district’s equal educational opportunity policy. The Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Multicultural Education Coordinator, Multicultural Program Specialist, a Board member, Multicultural Education Lead Teachers, and a representative of Bainbridge Island Education Association will be non-voting members.  The Board shall seek recommendations for appointment from the Council, district administrator, and staff.  Members shall be appointed for two-year terms, with half of the voting members being retained each year.


    Regular Council meetings will be held during the school year and meeting minutes will be distributed to the board. Meetings are held on a monthly basis. Most meetings are held at a different school site to make more meaningful connections with the School District.

    How to get involved

    • Attend a meeting
    • Take to specific members, 
    • Check in with your school site
    • Get involved in your student’s classroom
    • Volunteer at various school events, projects, and programs
    • Become a member of MAC


    MAC Executive Board Members

    MAC Executive Board Members 2019-2020

    Co-Chairperson          Karen Vargas               kvargas@gmail.com       206.488.8225

    Co-Chairperson          Chasity Malatesta

    Vice Chairperson        Katy Curtis

    Vice Chairperson        Joyce Nishimura

    Vice Chairperson        Kathy McGowen

    Co-Recorder               Steven Soltar

    Co-Recorder               Michelle Mudrock

    Member at Large       Diana Oestreich


    Staff Membership:

    Christina Peato, Multicultural Coordinator

    Emily Eigen, Bainbridge High School and Curriculum Specialist

    Brandi Bispham, Woodward Middle School

    Susan Tolley, Commodore Options School

    Kim Kooistra, Sakai Intermediate School

    Carrie Holloway,  Blakely Elementary School

    Beth Riggs, Wilkes Elementary School

    Robyn Stahl, Blakely Elementary School

    Denise Melton-Todd, Ordway Elementary School

    Jill Phillips, Ordway Elementary School and Curriculum Specialist

    Sheryl Belt, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

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