2018-19 LSAT Candidate Biographies

Please see the candidates for the 2018-19 Local School Advisory Team below. Parents will vote for four candidates.

Kalah Auchincloss

I have been a member of the Chevy Chase community since we moved to 31st Place in late 2013, and a Lafayette parent since my son started pre-K during the 2015-2016 “trailer year.”  I have been an excited classroom volunteer and field-trip chaperone since those first pre-K days and would welcome the opportunity to serve in a more structured and “big picture” role as an LSAT member.  I am a lawyer by training and currently work in private practice in Georgetown for a small consulting firm.  Before moving to my current job, I spent time at a law firm, and then 6 years in the federal government at the FDA in various roles, including senior leadership positions handling legal and policy matters, budget issues, and staff management.  It’s been a joy to be part of the Lafayette community; I hope you will consider me for the LSAT and I look forward to seeing everyone at drop-off and pick-up!

Julia Cohen*
The 2017-18 year has been my first on the LSAT, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve and support our wonderful community of students, families, faculty, and staff in the same capacity next year. I have been a proud Lafayette parent since 2015 and an independent school English teacher and administrator for the past fifteen years, so I offer both my experience and commitment as a parent and educator to my work on the LSAT. My professional experience includes Masters degrees in teaching and school leadership from Columbia University, and I taught in Massachusetts and New York prior to joining the faculty at The Field School, where I serve as the Chair of the English department. Thank you for your consideration, and see you around the playground!

Paul Harasty
It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my name to be a parent volunteer on the Lafayette Elementary LSAT. I have two young children at Lafayette (Ulysse-2nd and Nelson-1st). My wife and I are very happy to be part of the Lafayette Family and have volunteered for a number of roles since joining the community in Sept of 2016. It has been a great experience for our family. We could not have selected a better community to land in after my separation from the U.S. Navy (Active Duty).
My qualifications and work experiences make me a good candidate for the LSAT. I worked in the education sector prior to my military service and also recently served on the board of governors at a secondary school. Additionally, my 10+ years of experience as an analyst and program manager evidence a strong record of outcome improvement (both people and programs). By way of formal education, I have an M.B.A. and an undergraduate degree in research psychology.
Like all Lafayette Parents, I have a personal stake in our school. I have other motivations as well. Both my parents were Public School teachers – family dinner conversations often centered on education. I believe that public school teachers should be trained, resourced, and sustained as first-class professionals because of the critical work that they perform everyday. Finally, DCPS’s Strategic Priorities are praiseworthy and very relevant in today’s environment, i.e., to promote equity, empower people, educate the whole child, ensure excellent schools, and to engage families. I look forward to the opportunity to help Lafayette continue to be an integral part of our community.

Brian Oliver
My name is Brian Oliver, I am the father of a rising 3rd Grader and rising Kindergartner. My family has been in the Chevy Chase neighborhood since 2013 and at Lafayette Elementary pre-construction, during the trailer year and in the great years since the new school has opened. You can often find me volunteering around the school, coaching soccer, chaperoning field trips and more. I’d like to be elected part of the LSAT team to be more involved in helping guide the bigger picture and performance of our school going forward. Thank you in advance for your support.

Kathryn Young*
I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the community as an LSAT representative. I grew up going to Lafayette as a child, and am excited that our own children are getting to experience a great neighborhood school. Our oldest son is in first grade, and our youngest will begin preschool here in fall. I’ve really enjoyed serving on the LSAT this year – it has been exciting helping Lafayette maintain and grow its strong academics, supports, and enrichment for all students and families. I’ve learned a lot from you during our budget input sessions and have worked with the team to translate those into budget priorities. My work during the day is with a group called Education Counsel. I spend most of my time working with clients including education-focused foundations, non-profits, research institutions, states, and school districts developing strategies to ensure that all students are getting an excellent education. I manage a team of individuals, and I help support the group’s budgeting and business development work as well. I have experience as a teacher and special education case manager/program administrator, in addition to prior work in Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and education nonprofits. I hope to be able to continue serving with this wonderful group of parents, teachers, and community representatives to ensure Lafayette is a great place for each student.

*Member of the 2017-18 LSAT.