Meet The Parent Empowerment Network Director


Juanita Doyon is an award winning education author and the mother of two public school graduates and two current public school students.  Through 20 years of public school parenting and advocacy, she has worked to improve communication and cooperation between home and school.  Juanita was awarded the prestigious Golden Acorn by both Shining Mountain Elementary and Bethel Junior High Parent Teacher Associations for her work with and for children.  Her book, Not With Our Kids You Don't!  Ten Strategies to Save Our Schools, is published by Heinemann and used in teacher education courses.  It received the District Administration District's Choice Award, Top 100 Products, 2003. 


Juanita's work to return the education of children to the rightful and competent hands of parents and teachers has gained respect throughout Washington State and the nation. Her quest to improve education for all children of Washington State led her to run for Superintendent of Public Instruction, in 2004. She is often an invited speaker on the topics of the politics of education, high-stakes testing and "No Child Left Behind" policy, in university classes and at conferences, most recently the International Dyslexia Association conference, the Washington Association for Learning Alternatives conference and the International Learning Disabilities Association conference. 


Juanita believes that when parents and teachers work well together children succeed.