Building Leadership Team (BLT)

What is the Building Leadership Team?

Lawton Elementary’ s Building Leadership Team (BLT) is a collaborative site-based leadership team comprised of Lawton staff, the Lawton principal, and Lawton parents. The BLT meets bi-monthly and is focused on strengthening and supporting Lawton’s school policies, instruction, learning environment, and operations. The BLT strives to consider the perspectives of all Lawton stakeholders as school priorities are established. The BLT engages the Lawton community in the decision-making process by posting meeting minutes and agendas, and maintaining open lines of communication.

Specific Responsibilities of the BLT

  • Work with the school staff to create and monitor Lawton’s Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
  • Help to set professional development priorities for Lawton Staff; oversee a school-wide professional development plan to support the Academic Achievement Plan
  • Work with the school staff to establish the school’s discretionary budget
  • Ensure that Lawton’s Decision-Making Matrix is up to date and reflects Lawton’s approach to collaborative decision making.

2013-2014 BLT Members:

Elaine Cooper – Specialist Teacher Representative (Chair)

Elaine Cooper is happily returning for her 6th year teaching music at Lawton. She graduated from SPU with a BA in Music Education; specializing in Voice and World Music. Elaine’s previous teaching experiences have included working as a teaching artist in private/public schools, teaching private piano/voice and directing an area youth choir. When she’s not teaching, she loves spending time with her husband Ray, family and friends. She also enjoys water aerobics, traveling and reading.

Susan Dowd – 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher Representative

Susan Dowd has been teaching 2nd grade at Lawton since 2007. Prior to coming to Lawton she taught grades 1 and 3 at Dearborn Park Elementary in Seattle. Susan earned a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and an M.A. and teacher certification from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Ballard with her husband and their 1 year old daughter, Isabel. Susan enjoys attending Sounders matches and the ballet, doing yoga, reading on the beach, and taking walks with her family.

Neil Gerrans – Principal

Neil Gerrans is excited to be at Lawton Elementary starting his third year as principal. He previously taught grades 1 – 4 in Renton School District, and is National Board Certified. Prior to his career in education Neil earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Out of graduate school he worked for McKinsey, a strategy consulting firm. Neil enjoys gardening, reading, travel, and learning about world cultures.

Annette Godon – Staff Representative

This is Annette Godon’s third year at Lawton Elementary. Ms. Godon has been with the district for six years. She has worked in the district office as well as almost every school within the district as a clerical substitute. With two high-schoolers at Ballard High – “Go Beavers” – the Godon family has been actively volunteering in elementary, middle, and high schools for the last ten years. Ms. Godon has a degree in Marketing and has worked within the industry before her kids were born. She is currently very happy with her second career of supporting students, family and staff within the educational environment. You might see Ms. Godon walking her dog through the neighborhood or cheering on her kids at sporting events.

Brenda Hatley – K/1st Grade Teacher Representative

Brenda Hatley has been sharing her love of learning across the nation since 2005, teaching in schools in New Jersey, Los Angeles and Seattle. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her M.A. degree in Public Policy and Educational Leadership at Rutgers University in 2008. When she’s not running down Alki Beach with her dog or reading novels in the sunshine, you can usually find her eating sushi or enjoying golf, tennis and cribbage with her husband.

Elaine McNabb – Parent Representative

Elaine McNabb is a parent representative serving on the BLT and currently has a 2nd grader and a 4th grader attending Lawton. Elaine has spent time volunteering at Lawton as a Room Parent, a library volunteer, a classroom volunteer, and a member of the PTA Board. Elaine’s professional background includes a degree in Finance and an MBA that allowed her move from the corporate world, to private consulting, to owning a brick and mortar business, and now having the luxury of working online only, in order to spend as much time as possible with her children and continue to volunteer at Lawton. Her favorite things are family time with husband Jeff, her kids, and Daisy their Great Dane; as well as nurturing their ‘urban farm’ that includes 8 chickens.

Stasi Seeman – Parent Representative

Stasi Seeman is a parent representative serving on the BLT and currently has a 5th grader and a 1st grader attending Lawton. Stasi professional background is in the corporate marketing and advertising world and has worked at local companies such as T-Mobile, Amazon, and Washington Mutual. She currently works for Eyeball, an advertising agency based in New York City and has a home office which gives her a more flexible schedule to volunteer at Lawton. Stasi enjoys spending time with husband Jeff, her kids and their new puppy, Bridger and planning their next family adventure.

Andy Shernoff – 4th/5th Grade Teacher Representative

Andy Shernoff has taught at Lawton Elementary since 2011. He previously worked in corporate finance and consulting for over ten years He holds a Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University, a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management from the University of Virginia. (Andy really likes school.) Andy also enjoys playing the guitar poorly, aspiring to dunk a basketball on an 8-foot rim, and spending time with his wife, three young children, and hypo-active pug dog.

Sarah Terry – PTA Representative

Sarah has a 5th grader and a 3rd grader at Lawton. She has volunteered at Lawton for the last five years, spending time in the library, in classrooms, and on the PTA Board. Sarah is a Seattle native and SPS graduate who has also lived in Oregon, New England, and New York City. She has worked as a public and academic librarian and holds a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She works for a local youth development nonprofit, and is excited to serve on the BLT in 2013-2014.

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