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Angela Abrams of Yakima DCYF office joins ESD 105 Board of Directors

Angela Abrams A former ESD 105 staff member is now the newest member of the ESD 105 Board of Directors.

Angela Abrams of Yakima was officially sworn in as one of our agency's Board of Directors on October 27 during the group's monthly meeting, which was conducted via Zoom.

Angela is serving the seven-member group as the representative for Director District 2, which covers the western portion of the Yakima School District.  The position was previously held by Yakima Valley College's Workforce Education dean Paulette Lopez, who retired from the ESD 105 Board at the end of the summer after nearly six years with the group.

Angela's previous association with ESD 105 started in May of 2008 when she was hired as professional development coordinator for Ready By Five, an early learning initiative once operated by the agency. 

She continued with Ready By Five until October of 2012, when she started her current job as a professional development coordinator with the Yakima office of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (previously known as the Washington State Dept. of Early Learning prior to the summer of 2018).  Angela oversees the DCYF’s workforce development and professional development work throughout the state, conducting policy and protocols primarily in early learning for adults who work with children up through 3rd grade. 

Prior to her ESD 105 employment, Angela worked at Heritage University from 2002 to 2008 coordinating parent education in the position of director of civil engagement and service learning. 

The newest ESD 105 Board member is a Toppenish native and a graduate of Toppenish High School.  After earning her A.A. degree at Yakima Valley College, she attended Heritage University, where she completed her B.A. in psychology and her master’s degree in education with a specialization in counseling.

She and her husband, Chris, are parents of a son who attends 3rd grade at the Yakima School District’s McClure Elementary School.  Angela has served as a coach for her son’s AAU basketball team, and has volunteered as a coach for intramural volleyball in Toppenish.

ESD 105 superintendent Kevin Chase said:  "Angela Abrams is really well versed and strongly connected with what is happening in education at both the local and statewide levels.  She'll be able to offer some great insights because of the extensive leadership she's doing through her work with the DCYF for other people all over Washington.  Plus, the fact that she is a former employee of ESD 105 gives her an inside track for understanding the operations and needs of our agency.  She really is someone who is committed to providing the best for kids."