From left: Fawn McKay, Ekaterina Walla and Sofia Avila
Vancouver Public Schools includes more than 3,000 parents and guardians who speak Spanish and more than 500 who speak Russian. Sofia, Ekaterina and Fawn, based at the Jim Parsley Administrative Center, are part of a larger district-wide team that ensures Spanish and Russian speakers receive important information. Their talents are critical to the ongoing work in the areas of equity and family engagement. And despite often near-impossible deadlines and changes, they remain organized, efficient and responsive. This talented and skilled translation team makes sure all VPS families get the information they need to make important decisions about their children.
From the nomination:
“Their services have been especially critical during the pandemic with frequent messages related to remote learning, hybrid schedules and health and safety protocols.”