PTSA board member plans run for University Place School Board

T’wina Franklin, a board member of the Region 10 Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and instructor for a Tacoma nonprofit organization, has announced her bid for a spot on the University Place School Board.

Franklin said she plans to file for one of the at-large board seats that will be up for election this fall. She said she will decide which seat she’ll seek closer to filing week in May.

Franklin is an instructor at MDC (Metropolitan Development Council), which provides services in the areas of education, health care, housing and employment.

In a news release, she pledged to “carry on the legacy of great schools in University Place” and to “build on the district’s reputation for success.”

“My career has been devoted to helping students prepare for college and career,” Franklin said in the release. “I know firsthand the struggles of parents in our district because I have three children in public schools myself.”

Franklin also announced that she has the endorsements of two former University Place board members, Christine Kilduff and Kent Keel, along with other endorsements.

With nearly 10 years of experience working as an instructor, mentor and coach, Franklin also is co-founder of Ladies First, an in-school and after-school program for young women. She also serves on the board of the State Poverty Action Network and was a parent liaison for Project 5:1, a mentoring program hosted at Curtis High School.

Franklin moved to the area 14 years ago when her husband was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Franklin has been recognized locally with the 2014 PTA Golden Acorn Award, the 2014 City Club Dennis G. Seinfeld Emerging Leader Award and a 2014 WASA Community Leadership Award.

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