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E Holomua i ka ʻIke Kūpuna/Moving Forward in the Wisdom of Our Ancestors
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Kathleen Jonathan

Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Community Resource Specialist for Pacific Islander Students, K-12
Kathleen Jonathan is a native of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She moved from the islands to Hawaii with her sons in 1996 to pursue her education and graduated from the University of Hawaii in Hilo in 2002. She and her family moved to Oregon right after, and she has remained a resident of Oregon since then.
Kathleen works for the Salem-Keizer Public Schools as a Community Resource Specialist for Pacific Islander students district-wide. This school year marks year twenty-one of her being an educator. She enjoys meeting new students and their families and is passionate about her advocacy work, especially when it comes to students and families who are not as fluent in English and do not know how to navigate the system.
Her work with the school district has led her to be more involved in the Marshallese community and the larger COFA (compact of free association) community in Oregon doing advocacy work through the COFA Alliance National Network (CANN), an organization that is run by people from the COFA island nations (Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) and serves the COFA community in Oregon.  Prior to CANN, Kathleen was introduced to community organizing and advocacy work by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), a grassroots advocacy non-profit organization serving the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the state of Oregon.
When she can, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family and close friends.