The Oak Harbor Public Schools Board of Directors appointed Nicole Tesch as its newest member during their Monday, May 23 meeting. Tesch fills the vacant position from John Diamond’s resignation effective April 11.
“Nicole impressed the Board with her lifelong commitment to service, most recently serving in the cities of Oak Harbor and Anacortes,” School Board President Jessica Aws said. “She has volunteered throughout the community, demonstrated a strong understanding of the role of a school board member, and has four children currently enrolled in the district. We are beyond excited to add her unique perspective as we continue the great work in our schools.”
The Board received nine applications for the open position before narrowing it down to six finalists who were invited to interview. Each candidate was asked eight questions before the Board went into Executive Session for discussion. Tesch was selected and announced after the Board returned to Regular Session.
“This is truly a dream come true,” Tesch said. “I am a proud Oak Harbor High School alum, and I’m excited to give back to our schools and community. I have a strong track record of placing students first and will work tirelessly on behalf of our community to ensure the quality education in Oak Harbor Public Schools continues.”
An Oak Harbor native, Tesch is currently employed by Amazon Web Services. Her previous work experience includes many government agencies such as Anacortes, Oak Harbor, and Island County. These experiences led her to understand how to read and follow Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
Tesch has five children, four of which are in Oak Harbor Schools, three attending Broad View Elementary, and one at Oak Harbor Intermediate. A staple in the community, Tesch has been highly involved in several groups like the PTA, managed the Whidbey Island Marathon, and assisted in the effort to fund the pavilion and west kitchen at Windjammer Park. She was also the co-chair of the Citizens for Better Schools Campaign, which led the successful effort to pass the district’s levy in 2021.
Tesch will be sworn in at the next School Board meeting on Monday, June 13, and will fill the Position 4 school board seat until the next scheduled board election in November 2023.
The open position garnered much interest from the community. We are thankful to finalists Dawn Schultz, Jessica Thompson, Larry Eaton, Dr. Aaron Syring, and Dr. Frederick Wilson for interviewing for the position.