Chelsea King Martin,
Vice-Chair of West Linn-Wilsonville School Board
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Chelsea grew up in southern Oregon and she grew up in public schools. After graduation, she moved to Portland to attend college - and eventually, moved to the West Linn-Wilsonville community. When her children started school, she knew that other parents and their kids would be a core community for her family. Chelsea wants the best for every child, and this has always been the motivation for her service as a school board member.
Before being an elected school board member, Chelsea served in many capacities. She volunteered in the classroom for years, served two years as the first PTA president at Lowrie Primary, and served on school district committees such as the World Language Task Force (2012) and the Budget Committee (2014).
In 2010, when the district cut the Dual Language program, she collaborated with other moms to propose a charter school, applying pressure to the district until they reinstated the program. As a board member, she now oversees the program from K-5, to middle school, and supports the vision of the district to continue the program through 12th grade. This program includes World Language instruction focus across all schools in our district.
Chelsea loves our students and she wants to connect with them and teach them to believe in themselves. This motivates her to not only serve as a school board member, but also to coach middle school girls athletics and to attend listening sessions with students. Incorporating more student voices into board decision making has always been a priority for Chelsea.
In her professional life Chelsea works as an Organizational Development Consultant and Leadership Coach in her business that she founded in 2007, 4C Professional Communication. She was a college instructor for over 10 years, teaching in the Communication Studies department at Portland State University, Marylhurst University, and Chemeketa Community College. Chelsea believes in the power of education, from preschool to graduate school.
Some of Chelsea’s core personal values are well-being, growth, love and curiostiy. She believes that we can often find commonality across difference and she upholds dignity, professionalism and grace even in the most difficult conversations.
Chelsea is mother to three children in our schools. When you see her driving them to their activities, you are likely to also see her large mixed breed dog along for the ride. For fun, Chelsea goes on hikes, coffee dates with friends, or finds natural bodies of water to swim in. She also LOVES dancing to the Blues.