• 933 11th Avenue East, Apartment D.
  • Seattle WA 98102

Erika Shaffer of Madrona Venture Group, Amy Eggler of the King County Library System, Rachel Ligtenberg of REI, and Patricia Hearn of Lake Washington Girls Middle School invite you to a special evening to talk about women in leadership and inspiring the next generation to be strong in mind, body, and voice.

Thursday, Oct 5 from 6:30-8p

At the home of:
Amy Eggler and Erika Shaffer
933 11th Avenue East, Apartment D. Seattle WA 98102
Space is limited. Please RSVP by September 29.


Patricia Hearn
Head of School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School

Lake Washington Girls Middle School hired Ms. Hearn as its first Head Teacher in 1998. She worked with the parent board to plan the opening of the school and wrote and taught the humanities, math, and enrichment curricula for all three grades. As the school grew and changed, so did its administrative structure. In 2005, the LWGMS Board appointed Ms. Hearn Head of School, and she has led the evolution of the school every step of the way. A hands-on leader, Ms. Hearn directs the eighth grade play each year. A frequent speaker on the value of secular, middle school education, Ms. Hearn is also a member of the boards of NWAIS and The Bush School.

Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS) empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice. Committed to shaping a community that fosters creative confidence, LWGMS opened its doors in 1998 as the first secular girls middle school (grades 6-8) in Seattle. We encourage girls to take risks, explore leadership, solve problems, collaborate, and stand up for themselves and others. Our innovative curriculum is designed to educate the whole girl—intellectually, socially, and emotionally—with a focus on integrating social justice and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.

LWGMS is one of the most diverse independent schools in Seattle—diverse in terms of students’ race, ethnicity, economic status, and family configurations. Our staff of 21 currently serves 108 girls annually, approximately 50% of whom identify as students of color (compared to 26.5% across Washington independent schools). Almost 30% of our families receive financial assistance (compared to 21% at Washington independent schools).

For more information, please contact Becky O’Boyle, Director of Institutional Advancement, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, at boboyle@lwgms.org or (206) 550-5068.

For news and information about LWGMS, please visit our website.