DE&I Special Services Committee 

The Mercer Island PTA Special Services & Learning Differences (SSALD) Committee is a sub-committee of the Mercer Island PTA Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee. It is co-led by parent volunteers, Jennifer Crespi and Jessi Biagi.


The Committee also includes representatives from each school:

  • Northwood Elementary: Cathy Chen & Jennifer Gilbert
  • Island Park Elementary: Destiny Bachman & Alexis MacLean
  • Lakeridge Elementary: Jessi Biagi
  • West Mercer Elementary: Vivian Zhou
  • Islander Middle School: Meg Hamill
  • Mercer Island High School: OPEN

The goals of the SSALD Committee are to:

  1. Advocate for the advancement of students' academic and social-emotional education with learning differences and abilities, ensuring every student can reach their full potential.
  2. Connect parents, educators, and administrators to build bridges and increase understanding and awareness of issues for students with learning differences and abilities.
  3. Educate parents and others in the community to have the support and resources they need to advocate for students with learning differences and abilities.
  4. Educate peers and teachers with regard to disabilities to create an environment of acceptance and inclusion.
  5. Help parents connect with other parents who are in similar situations or who have had similar experiences. 

Parents of children in the district with an IEP, 504, or those just beginning the journey towards an IEP or 504 are invited to join this Committee. 


Please email co-chairs Jennifer and Jessi at for more information, to be added to the SSALD contact list, and to receive the zoom link for the meetings. 

DE&I Mission 

To serve as a resource to unit PTAs, families, and community partners within Mercer Island and to advocate for the health, well-being, inclusion, and education of every child.

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DE&I Spotlight

MISD Elementary Mandarin Outreach Event

Please join us on Thursday, February 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm for our first Mercer Island Elementary Schools Mandarin Outreach Event! All parents and families from Northwood, Lakeridge, Island Park, and West Mercer are welcome for this important information session. 

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Mercer Island Schools' DE&I Pages


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