Meet the LSAT Candidates

Please see the below candidate statements for the 2020-21 Local School Advisory Board (LSAT). The pandemic delayed our election (usually held in the spring) so we will hold a virtual vote starting shortly and ending on September 30. Please take a moment to read the statements of interest by the candidates below and read more about the LSAT here.

Jess Adasi
My family moved to the neighborhood four years ago specifically so that our not yet school aged kids could be a part of the Lafayette community. We were drawn to the school’s values, diversity, and commitment to creating a warm and enriching environment for every student. Over the past three years, I have served as a room parent, field trip chaperone, and general volunteer for my rising 2nd grader and kindergartner, and last year I had the pleasure and honor of serving on the LSAT with an amazing group of parent and teacher volunteers. With a masters in organizational management and as the COO of a small business, I have experience with budgets, strategic planning, staffing, and company culture.  Given the current state of the world, it is more important to me than ever that Lafayette continue to serve the needs of all students, and I would welcome the opportunity to once again represent Lafayette parents through the LSAT to help advise on important issues and decisions facing the school.

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 was elected to the LSAT two years ago and have enjoyed serving as a parent representative, learning about the budget and other DCPS processes.  In addition to LSAT, I have been an excited room parent, classroom volunteer and field-trip chaperone since my son started at Lafayette.  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 re-election to the LSAT and I look forward to seeing everyone once normal drop-off and pick-up resume!

Paul Harasty
I am happy to submit my name to be a parent volunteer on the Lafayette Elementary LSAT.  I have been a member of the LAST for two years and would like to leverage what I have learned, by working on the LSAT in 2020-21.  My spouse and I have two young children at Lafayette (5th and 4th grades) and we are very happy to be part of the Lafayette Family.  We have both volunteered for a number of roles since joining the community in Sept of 2016.

I believe that my qualifications and professional experiences make me a good candidate. A retired Navy Officer, 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. Finally, I believe that public school teachers should be trained, resourced, and sustained as first-class professionals because of the critical work that they do every day for our children.  Especially today, with these new challenges, the Lafayette Faculty and Staff are under enormous pressure – we all would like them to receive the best training, resources, and community support.

Laura Kolar
Laura was born and raised in Wisconsin, but has called the DC area home since 2003, and moved to Chevy Chase DC in 2018.  She is a parent to Lafayette second grader, Ava, and Pre-k-er, Andrew.  After college she taught high school U.S. history to 9th and 12th graders in south Louisiana before moving to the DC area to work on federal education policy.  Since 2012 she has worked as an historian for the State Department.  From 2015 to 2017, Laura and her family lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where her husband worked for the U.S. Embassy, Ava had fun at her local nursery school, and Andrew joined the family!  Laura enjoys adventures with her family, the outdoors, playing music, and time with friends.  

I have long been interested in education policy and practice, and how best to build a thriving community.  I would be privileged to serve the Lafayette Elementary School community as a member of the LSAT.  I grew up across the street from my elementary school in a small town and never dreamed I would have an experience of a tight-knit neighborhood school in a big city, but Lafayette has made that happen.  At the same time, I know that Lafayette is part of a complex school system and its leadership has to address a wide ranging set of issues:  how best to guide an almost 1000 student school, how to foster inclusivity, address diverse needs, target resources, navigate standards and requirements, and build community, among others.  I would be interested in drawing on my background and engaging in these and other important questions and issues with the Lafayette LSAT to help make Lafayette the best it can be.  I have spent my career focusing on education in one way or another, from teaching high school history and coaching sports, working on K-8 federal education policy at the U.S Department of Education, teaching at the college level, to now educating the public and foreign affairs professionals about American history.  I am passionate about the importance of nurturing resilience in kids, community building, and appreciating what coming from different places and backgrounds can teach us.

Susan Long
I am the proud parent of Lafayette 4th grader Mallory Patrick. We moved to DC and started at Lafayette in 2nd grade, after having spent some years in London and a little time in Falls Church, VA. My mother was born and raised in DC and I have lived here previously myself. I have felt a connection to this City my whole life.

I have been a room parent the past two years and have really enjoyed getting to know the Lafayette community. I feel so grateful to be part of this school community where the parents and staff are all so engaged and caring.  

In my work life, I manage major infrastructure projects for the City of Falls Church, including construction of a new high school. I have worked in local government for most of my career including jobs with the City of New York, City of London and Falls Church.  I have a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia and undergrad from the University of Notre Dame.

Like all of you, we have had to make major adjustments to the new world of learning from home (with both parents working at home as well). This will be a particularly challenging year for everyone as we navigate successful home-based learning and hopefully, a transition back to the building! I would love to be able to represent Lafayette parents on the LSAT, thank you for your consideration!

Kathryn Young
Hello Lafayette community,
Serving on the LSAT with a dedicated group of parents and teachers has been one of my favorite parts of the school community, and I’d love to continue to serve you on this team.  My siblings and I grew up going to Lafayette as children, and I am grateful that our own children are getting to experience a great neighborhood school. Our oldest son is in fourth grade, and our youngest is in first grade. It has been exciting helping Lafayette maintain and grow its strong academics, supports, and enrichment for all students and families over the last 3 years, while navigating the DCPS budget process as well as physical space considerations for our growing school. Most of us haven’t experienced a year like this one, but I feel confident that the LSAT has built up the knowledge and drive to navigate through the budget and academic questions that arise throughout this year and to listen to parents and teachers about what’s needed. I’ve learned a lot from you during our budget input sessions and have worked with the team to translate those into budget priorities. Outside of Lafayette, I work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on education and global health issues. Budgeting and team management are a core part of my work. I have experience as a teacher and special education case manager/program administrator in Maryland, in addition to prior work in Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and education nonprofits. Thanks for your consideration!  Looking forward to connecting this year!