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District 65 Welcomes New Board Member

A. Tanyavutti
At the October 10, 2016 Working Board/Finance Committee meeting, the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 School Board welcomed Anya Tanyavutti as its newest member. Ms. Tanyavutti will fill the vacancy left by Jennifer Phillips who resigned her position on August 31, 2016.
The School Board invited interested community members to apply for the opening and applicant interviews were held during the week of October 3, 2016. “We received a number of applications from both District 65 parents and members of the Evanston/Skokie community each of whom would have been a great addition to the School Board. Their commitment to serving our children and to making our school system stronger was apparent in both written responses and during the interviews,” said Candance Chow, Board President. “We are excited to welcome Ms. Tanyavutti to the Board and look forward to bringing her expertise and perspective to the Board’s work going forward.”

“I am proud to join the District 65 School Board in the important work that it does on behalf of all families,” said Ms. Tanyavutti. “I am incredibly grateful that our family has access to the public school system, yet I believe there are many opportunities within Evanston/Skokie to strengthen the quality and consistency of the education that it provides to ensure that every child has equal opportunities to benefit from these rich resources.”

Anya Tanyavutti has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of education, non-profit leadership, and community engagement. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Socio-Cultural Studies and Educational Thought, both from Western Michigan University. In 2003, she traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Senegal, West Africa as part of a curriculum development team. Ms. Tanyavutti’s work history includes administrative leadership of a Community Schools department, youth development program administration, teaching at the elementary level, and strategic planning consultation.

“My professional work over the past 15 years and experience raising children in the Evanston/Skokie community has strengthened my knowledge and given me a sense of awareness of the emerging strategies and priorities in the district that include the research and development of an educational equity policy, the impact of social and emotional learning and restorative justice, literacy development, and family and community engagement,” said Ms. Tanyavutti. “I believe I can be an asset as the district continues in this important work.”

Ms. Tanyavutti is an engaged District 65 parent who participates in District 65 early childhood programs and serves on the PTA Council's Navigating Real Life Diversity series planning committee. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children who attend school in District 65.

The District 65 School Board voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Tanyavutti as a school board member. Her term will run until the April 2017 election.