Yordanos Gebreamlak Bio
Yordanos Gebreamlak is a Senior Education Ombuds with the Office of the Education Ombuds. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master's degree in Social Work focusing on Children, Youth and Families. She has an unwavering passion for working in collaboration with others to provide equitable access to education and seeks to promote an environment in which students and families feel empowered enough to engage in advocacy. Yordanos has worked to improve educational outcomes by addressing hardships faced by students in the classroom and overall school setting as well as factors contributing to instability in other aspects of life that have caused barriers to academic success. She has done advocacy work in collaboration with families who have students with disabilities with the goal of student-centered resolution. Yordanos has also connected with families who've experienced homelessness in working to create stability and identify suitable resources in the community. In addition, she has provided support for students in foster care and families otherwise involved with Children's Administration. Ms. Gebreamlak has also worked extensively with refugee families. She has provided information to heighten familiarity of the K-12 education system. Additionally, she has met with families to listen to and address concerns and has connected students and families to individualized referrals. Yordanos is fluent in Tigrinya. Lastly, Yordanos' work with residents in an adult care facility has highlighted for her the importance of utilizing a holistic and inter-generational approach. At the Office of the Education Ombuds, Yordanos looks forward to continuing to work with students and families in sharing adequate information and referrals as well as providing a supportive structure to rely on and space to use that support and resources to self-advocate in achieving goals. Yordanos' own K-12 experience has been the driving force behind her desire to assist students and families navigate the school system and empower them in an effort to amplify their voices and boost family engagement in important decision-making.