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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Student Support & Family Engagement

Phone: 206-631-3003

The Student Support & Family Engagement Department eliminates barriers and connects students and families to resources available both in and out of our school system.

Team Members

Kisa Hendrickson

Kisa Hendrickson, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer

Email: kisa.hendrickson@highlineschools.org

Kisa ensures students are connected to resources available both in and out of our school system. She oversees health and wellness, truancy, student placement, translations and interpretation, community partnerships, family center, and the Native education program. 

Ronae Ruffer

Ronae Ruffer, Executive Assistant

Email: ronae.ruffer@highlineschools.org

Ronae provides administrative support to the Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer and her Team. This includes confidential correspondence, payroll, contracts, website, schedule meetings, coordinate events, etc.

Lita O'Donnel

Lita O'Donnell, District Ombudsman

Email: lolita.odonnel@highlineschools.org

Lita is the first point of contact at the district level when parents and families have concerns. Lita works with the families, schools, and district departments to resolve their concerns. Lita is available to answer questions about the parent and family concern process and can assist if you would like advice on how to work with parents and families with which you may be having difficulties.

Nikki Fogerty

Nikki Fogerty, Community Partnerships Specialist

Email: nikki.fogerty@highlineschools.org

Nikki is the central point of contact for establishing partnerships between community partners and the district/schools. Nikki manages the Partnership Agreement process and proactively works to ensure students have access to a variety of quality, out-of-school time opportunities, and other resources.

Sara Marie Ortiz

Sara Marie Ortiz, Native Education Program Manager

Email: sara.ortiz@highlineschools.org

Sara Marie leads the overall administration of the Highline Native Education Program which provides support in qualifying for specialized academic services, access to various district/program engagement opportunities, supports the work of the Native Family Advisory Council, professional development for Highline staff, advisement to school-based Native Student Alliances and Native student leadership initiatives in Highline, supports the Native Student Literacy Success Summer Academy, and provides post-secondary + career guidance to American Indian and Alaska Native students in Highline. The program supports the implementation of the Washington State Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum and building partnerships between our district and neighboring tribes. The program also serves as a liaison between students, families, school staff, and community agencies that provide support and services to the urban American Indian/Alaska Native community in the Seattle/Highline area. 

Veronique Chevallier-Gruschow

Veronique Chevallier-Gruschow, Truancy Officer

Email: veronique.chevalliergruschow @highlineschools.org

Veronique supports schools and families when students have missed a significant amount of school. This includes training school staff on attendance interventions, outreach to families to educate them on the attendance policies, and truancy process. Veronique is also the district liaison for truancy petitions to King County Superior Court.

ZZ Newman

Zenaida (ZZ) Newman, Translations and Interpretations

Email: zenaida.newman@highlineschools.org

ZZ coordinates oral interpreters and written translations for schools and the district. ZZ can answer questions about accessing interpreters and translators that aren't available in your buildings.

Rebeca Pinzon

Rebeca Pinzon, Family Engagement Specialist

Email: rebeca.pinzon@highlineschools.org

Rebeca supports elementary schools in the implementation of their family engagement strategies and best practices to increase authentic collaboration with families/ schools/ district partnerships and students’ academic success.

Supporting Schools: Madrona Elementary, Bow Lake Elementary, McMicken Heights Elementary, Hilltop Elementary

Rocio Ceja

Rocio Ceja, Family Engagement Specialist

Email: rocio.ceja@highlineschools.org

Rocio supports elementary schools in the implementation of their family engagement strategies and best practices to increase authentic collaboration with families/ schools/ district partnerships and students’ academic success.

Supporting Schools: Cedarhurst Elementary, Hazel Valley Elementary, Gregory Heights Elementary, and Seahurst Elementary

Rosa Manriquez

Rosa Manriquez, Family Engagement Specialist

Email: rosa.manriquez@highlineschools.org

Rosa supports elementary schools in the implementation of their family engagement strategies and best practices to increase authentic collaboration with families/ schools/ district partnerships and students’ academic success.

Supporting Schools: White Center Heights Elementary, Mount View Elementary, Beverly Park Elementary, Southern Heights Elementary

Rovenna Johnson

Rovenna Johnson, Family Engagement Specialist

Email: rovenna.johnson@highlineschools.org

Rovenna supports elementary schools in the implementation of their family engagement strategies and best practices to increase authentic collaboration with families/ schools/ district partnerships and students’ academic success.

Supporting Schools: Midway Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Des Moines Elementary, Shorewood Elementary