August 19, 2002
District welcomes two new school board members
CARNATION–Pam Werner, a stay-at-home mom and former teacher in Issaquah, was sworn in as a Riverview School District Board member in early May 2002 after longtime board member Bob Decker resigned.
Werner, who taught Spanish and English to grades 7-12 for eight years, left teaching in 1992 after the birth of her oldest child.
"This is a great way to stay in education," said Werner. She first became involved in the bond to pass the athletic field and more recently served on the M & O committee, but still she felt like she should be more involved.
With both of her children older, daughter Taylor in 5th grade and son Nikolas in 3rd grade, Werner said she knew so little about how the school board actually worked, when the opportunity came up with the vacancy left by Bob Decker she took it.
Werner praises the teachers at Cherry Valley Elementary where both children attend, and has been a longtime volunteer in the classroom and also in the school's library.
"This is just volunteering in a different realm," says Werner of serving on the board.
"The hardest part was coming in at the end of the school year and trying to get the background, but everyone has been very helpful," said Werner.
As a former teacher, Werner believes that she can bring the teacher's point of view to the board. "I wanted to raise kids in a good atmosphere and also be able to help out."