Rose Spidell Bio

Rose Spidell Bio

Rose Spidell is an Education Ombuds with the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO). At OEO, Rose provides information about laws and policies governing our state’s k-12 public schools, works with families and school districts to resolve disagreements and complaints, and participates in OEO’s parent education training and trainings for educators.

Rose is an attorney by training who worked for the past six years in the area of civil rights, with two years focused exclusively on the rights of public school students, and particularly Native American students, in Washington state. She helped revise and develop a series of know-your-rights guides for students and families, including guides on student discipline, truancy and effective school board advocacy. Rose also co-authored a manual for attorneys working with youth in truancy proceedings. Rose has presented to families, educators and students on a wide range of issues relating to public schools, including discipline, truancy, bullying and harassment and effective family/school partnerships. Rose is a graduate of Colville High School (located in Northeastern Washington state), and earned her undergraduate degree at Whitman College. After college, she spent two years teaching English as a Second Language in Japan where she taught small group classes for students ranging from preschoolers to adults. She earned her law degree at New York University School of Law in 2004.

As an Education Ombuds, Rose enjoys the opportunity to help families understand the public education system and laws that apply to their students, and the chance to work collaboratively with schools and families to resolve disputes and partner effectively to support student achievement.