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Lee Anne Riddle

Meet Ferndale School Board Member Lee Anne Riddle -- 16 Years of Service

Published January 15, 2021

Lee Anne Riddle is the longest tenured member of the current Ferndale School Board, first elected in 2005, elected three more times for four-year terms, she is currently completing her 16th year of service. What motivates someone to devote that much of their life to an unpaid, frequently stressful, and often thankless job? When asked that question, Lee Anne said it is all about her passion for building an educational system that focuses on the needs of each child and their family.

A native of Whatcom County and alumna of the Bellingham School District, Lee Anne and her husband, Reg, have lived in the Ferndale School District for 43 years. All three of their children went through the Ferndale school system and graduated from Ferndale and Winward High Schools.

Lee Anne holds an advanced degree in Community and Adult Education from Western Washington University, which she puts to use in her paid position with Washington State University Extension, where she supports WSU’s SNAP-Ed programs.

As a school board member, Lee Anne also serves in a statewide capacity on the board of WSSDA (Washington State School Directors Association). As one of 12 director area representatives elected to conduct the general governance of the association, she represents more than 1500 school board members across Washington, particularly those in Region 1, which includes the districts in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan Counties. In her role on the WSSDA board, she has been a passionate voice of advocacy for public schools and the welfare of school children at the state and national levels, and she has helped move forward an equity agenda for all Washington’s children.

Regarding her service on the Ferndale board, Lee Anne says, “The thing that makes me proudest is that we always make our decisions based on what is best for students.” Regarding the future, she hopes that “Despite budget setbacks, we will continue our student-focused, strength-focused, kind and supportive approach to education, keeping the emotional well-being and safety of all students uppermost in our decision-making processes.”

Currently, Lee Anne and her husband, Reg, are empty nesters whose lives revolve around their dog, Maisy.

Thank you, School Board Member Lee Anne Riddle! We appreciate you!

Photo of Lee Anne Riddle's dog