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Ketchikan Regular Election Oct. 04, 2022
Early & In-Person Absentee Voting Begins 09/19/22

Ketchikan School Board
3 Year Term (2 Seats Open)

Melissa OBryan


Received: September 15, 2022
Published: September 15, 2022

jpg Melissa OBryan Candidate for Ketchikan School Board October 04, 2022

My name is Melissa O’Bryan. I am a long time Ketchikan resident, born and raised and I have four children. Two graduated during the pandemic and two are currently in elementary school. I have worked as a paraprofessional in our district in special education and as a Program Director for Southeast Alaska Independent Living, serving seniors and people with disabilities. I am currently a Project Development Coordinator with Ketchikan Indian Community Housing Authority.

In living here, I have learned that there are several different ways you can be involved. I am an advocate, a volunteer, I help fundraise for different organizations and try to figure out ways I can help our community to be the kind, inclusive and wonderful place it is. That is part of the reason I chose to run for school board.

I think I have a good read on the issues facing our district and I think it takes a strong and well-rounded board to help our students be successful.

I would like to see our district continue to foster the relationship between our Alaska Native students and tribal members and help us to raise the retention rate of those students. I also want to make sure our students with disabilities are ready and included as they look towards transitioning out of school coming out of COVID, our students and staff need extra support, not just educationally but for their overall mental health and wellbeing. This is important to me that we help our students thrive and build the connections they need to have a fulfilling and rewarding school experience.


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