Elect Lisa Callan, House of Representatives, LD 5

Lisa Callan
Lisa Callan, candidate for the House of Representatives in the 5th LD.

WEA-PAC members endorse Democrat Lisa Callan for election to the Washington House of Representatives, Position 2, in Legislative District 5. The 5th legislative district includes the cities of Snoqualmie, Carnation and North Bend, as well as parts of Issaquah, Renton, Maple Valley and Black Diamond.

Lisa Callan serves on the Issaquah School Board, previously serving as board president. She is active with Eastside Human Services Forum, the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, a member of Kiwanis and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a loaned executive to the United Way of King County. She is a PTSA volunteer at her son’s school, and has held numerous PTSA leadership roles.

Lisa worked for Boeing as a lead engineer and project manager in simulation software integration and engineering simulator design, build, and operation to validate the designs of Boeing's commercial airplane fleet. She was also a software consultant with Cambridge Technology Partners working as a Project / Program Manager for large, full life cycle, software development programs. 

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a computer science emphasis from Northern Arizona University. 

Lisa lives with her husband, Bryan, and her son in the Issaquah Highlands since 2003.  Her son attends Grand Ridge Elementary School and will attend Pacific Cascade Middle School.

We asked candidates: "If you had one minute to convince teachers and support staff to vote for you, what would you tell them?"

This is Lisa's answer:

 
Lisa Callan with a WEA member
Lisa Callan with WEA member Andy McDonald while visiting the WEA headquarters building in Federal Way.

I believe each and every child matters, and each and every child deserves a quality education. The only way to accomplish this is to give teachers what they need, when they need it. Teachers are on the frontline, doing the extremely hard work of meeting every child where they are, and getting them to the next level, every day. It isn’t about standardized test results, it is about our future. It is about giving every child their best chance to thrive in life and the skills they need to solve the world’s problems of tomorrow.

Teachers deserve the respect and time to be heard. They know what they need to get the job done. Legislators need to listen to the frontline; understand the environment, the workload, the roadblocks and barriers, what helps, and what harms. to inform every legislative decision they make affecting public education.

I want to be at the table to making that happen for our teachers and our children.

The above statement is taken from Lisa Callan's 2018 WEA-PAC questionnaire.