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School Is Now In Session: Do You Know Your Site Director?


It’s back to school again and your BCE Site Directors have been busily preparing for the fall season.  Your school’s site director is a wealth of information about what BCE is doing for your kids. Stop and say hello!


Malinda Pauly, BIS Site Director

Victoria Terry, Franklin Site Director

Carolyn Way, Hoover Site Director

Lisa Mudd, Lincoln Site Director

Liz Anderson, McKinley Site Director

Kristin Flenniken, Roosevelt Site Director

Margaret Burke, Washington Site Director



Get to Know Your Roosevelt Site Director Kristin Flenniken


Roosevelt Site Director Kristin Flenniken.

This fall Kristin Flenniken will start the second year of her two-year term as BCE site director at Roosevelt. She has a 5th grader, Kelcey, and 3rd grader, Kyle.

So why Burlingame?

We moved to Burlingame from North Carolina six and a half years ago for my husband’s job. We picked the Peninsula because of work, and we picked Burlingame because of the strong public schools.

Why did you become involved with BCE?

I began hearing about BCE back when my kids were in preschool at First Pres. Kelcey was in the same class as Emily Beach’s youngest child and Emily and I served on the preschool board together. In case any of you don’t know Emily – last year she was elected to the city council and before that she was the president of BCE. From her, I began to understand a little more about how the state funds education. Currently, California spends $2,500 less per student than the national average. Public funding just isn’t enough to provide the curriculum our children need to succeed today.

And that’s what makes education foundations like BCE so critical. BCE empowers us as parents to make a positive impact on our children’s learning experience. Our collective BCE donations strengthen every aspect of our children’s education because it gives our school district more resources to leverage.

My children are the beneficiaries of so many things BCE donors help fund. My daughter loves Mrs. Prater’s music class and is so excited to learn how to play the clarinet this year. Kyle’s favorite part of the day is PE, which also benefits from BCE funding. Our grant is essential to helping provide professional development for our outstanding teachers, a math coach and technology specialist, and so much more.

What makes Roosevelt special?

We love the amazing teachers and staff and the small, close-knit community at Roosevelt. It feels great to know most of the families and for them to know us. Since Kelcey started kindergarten, we’ve developed what I think will be life-long bonds with fellow school families. I love walking my kids to school and seeing the majority of other families doing the same.

Roosevelt has fun events throughout the year to help parents and students get to know each other. We’re known for our Chili Cook-off, Science Olympiad, and the Dads’ Club Father-Daughter Dance and camping trip. Last year, we added a “We are Roosevelt Night” in celebration of our school’s diversity; approximately 25 languages are spoken at our small school! Everyone should check out our cool mural that one of our parents painted, with help from students, last year as well.

 What three words do your children use to describe you?

Kind, generous, helpful.


Your BCE Representatives

Each school has a BCE site director who serves as a liaison between their school community and BCE. If you have questions about how BCE works, want to know more about the impact that BCE has at your school, or would like to get involved, this is the person to talk to.

Get to know your site directors:

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There’s Still Time to Sponsor a Reader

All of the schools saw lots of great participation in the BCE Read-a-thon this year. At Roosevelt, the kids were competing to be the top reader in their class every day and win a space explorer rubber duck. Four of the classes met the goal of 100% participation – way to go!


Kids at Roosevelt logged thousands of minutes for the BCE Read-a-thon.

Even though the kids have finished tracking their minutes for the BCE Read-a-thon, there’s still time to sponsor a reader. Donations can be made online, or placed in the BCE Read-a-thon envelope and returned to school by February 3. All donations are tax-deductible and will be counted as part of your annual contribution to BCE.

Thank you to our sponsors: Leland Tea Co., Legarza Sports Camps, Books Inc., Mathnasium, Adventures in Writing, Burlingamer, United Health Credit Union, Broadway Tennis, Debbie Sharp, Aimee Klarich, The Sentence Center, SF Giants Camp, and Five Little Monkeys.


Get to Know Your New Roosevelt Site Director, Katie Ward

Katie Ward_Roosevelt Site Director

Katie Ward, Roosevelt Site Director

Katie Ward is stepping into the role of the new Site Director at Roosevelt this month and joining the BCE Board of Directors. She has a third grader at Roosevelt and twins who are 13 months old.

Thanks to Kristen Schwager who has been serving tirelessly on the Board of Directors as Roosevelt Site Director since last year and is about to move out of state.

So it’s time to get to know you, Katie!

So why Burlingame?

We moved to Burlingame five years ago when our daughter was in her last year of preschool for job opportunities. We did a lot of research about the Bay Area, and as we were talking to friends of friends, Burlingame kept coming up. When we came here and drove around – it was spring, everything was green, it was quaint and beautiful – we knew we wanted to be here. We were renting at the time, but what made us stay here is the amazing community.

The schools were a huge draw for us. For my husband in particular it was critically important for our kids to go to public schools. I believe the schools really do have the best interest of the child at heart. And I love how we’re able to connect with the schools through the broader community organization of BCE.

Why did you become involved with BCE?

My background is in fundraising. When I came here, BCE stood out as a really critical organization in the community. I got involved with BCE in different roles, working on the BCE Read-a-thon, and fundraising and business development for the BCE Dinner Dance & Auction. I’ve been on Kristen’s site team at Roosevelt. She’s done a tremendous job and built an amazing team, so it’s been a fairly easy transition stepping into the Site Director role.

What makes your school special?

As a smaller school, Roosevelt is a really tight knit community. Burlingame is such a wonderfully diverse community and Roosevelt pulls from all of that. My daughter has really good friends who come from different countries and speak different languages, which is pretty remarkable in such a small community, and a really special opportunity.

What three words do your children use to describe you?

For my twins – it’s just mama, mama, mama! But for my daughter, she would say kind and loving. Probably a little silly, too.

Kristen Schwager, outgoing Roosevelt Site Director and BCE Board Member

Editor’s Note:  We will miss Kristen here, but wish her nothing but the best as she relocates out of state.  Thank you for your dedication, Kristen!



Get to Know Your BCE School Site Directors

Jen Liebhaber, VP Site Directors

The BCE site directors at each Burlingame school serve as the liaisons between parent volunteers and the overall BCE organization

Jen Liebhaber, VP Site Directors (and the former Franklin BCE Site Director), described the role as being the primary leader and face of BCE at each of the school sites.

“The site directors work tirelessly to achieve BCE’s mission: providing the Burlingame School District with financial resources to create a rich and inspiring education for our children beyond what is possible with public funds,” she said.

In addition to being the “go-to” person for BCE questions, each site director is in charge of local outreach efforts and develops personal relationships with donors over a two-year term.

Two site directors are entering the second year of their terms — Delyn Simons (Washington’s BCE Site Director) and Kristen Schwager (Roosevelt’s BCE Site Director).

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to the rest of the site directors:

Stay tuned for more…


KRISTEN SCHWAGER: “I see the value in a public education…”

A busy working mother of three, Kristen Schwager is Roosevelt Elementary’s BCE Site Director.

Kristen Schwager, Roosevelt Elementary's BCE Site Director

Kristen Schwager, Roosevelt Elementary’s BCE Site Director

So why Burlingame?

We moved to Burlingame from San Francisco in October 2006.  We chose to move to Burlingame for the community, the schools, and the proximity to San Francisco.

Why did you become involved in BCE?

I became involved in BCE for many reasons. I see the value in a public education that sets the highest standards and expects the best out of our children. I want to make a difference in our community by doing something that will help to continuously improve the education of every student in the district.

What makes your school special?

The school community and the amazing teachers and principal. Our motto, “Be Kind, Be Safe, Do Your Best” really resonates throughout the school.

I’ll never forget the day my daughter came home from school and said that she was going to be Goldilocks in the Kindergarten musical. To see her grow in confidence and to have such an opportunity at school was just amazing to me.

What three words do your children use to describe you?

Kind, Silly, Tough Mama