Introduction to SC's Race & Equity Team

  • From the Shorecrest Race & Equity Team:

    Shorecrest Believes in a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment. Shorecrest is a place where all students are safe to learn without threat of violence, concern for safety, use of degrading or hurtful language, or harassing behavior. We are committed to social justice, nurturing our diverse student and staff community, and working together to create a society free of discrimination, racial injustice, and intolerance.

    Racial justice issues have come to the forefront in our country and our neighborhoods amidst ongoing instances of police brutality that disproportionately and negatively impact people of color. The pandemic has shown that disproportionality exists in our economic system, health care system, and educational system. Race is the largest predictor of student success or lack of success in the Shoreline School District. “The Shoreline School District acknowledges that institutional racism exists within our public school systems and is committed to working until race is no longer a predictor of overall student outcomes.” To do the very real work of dismantling structures of racism in our school and to acknowledge implicit bias and work against it, each school building has a team dedicated to advancing the work of eliminating race as a factor in student success. There is much more about this work on the Shoreline School District Equity and Family Engagement website.

    We are continuing in this critical work and as the Shorecrest Race & Equity Team, we are seeking to advance our own awareness and build our own capacity around these issues, facilitate conversations with our staff and school community related to race and equity, lead staff professional development, and incorporate voice from students and larger school community into the work. Black Lives Matter. We have much work to do.

    Our team is composed of the Principal, Lisa Gonzalez, the Instructional Coach, Stacia Tellefson, our two District Race & Equity Leads, Danny Chavez-Sotnik & Johanna Phillips, as well as both certificated and classified staff members. We will continue to weave our work into the professional development plan for our staff this year.  Our charge is to support the goals outlined in the SC School Improvement Plan (SIP), which calls for all of our staff to focus on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.


    If you have questions, concerns, comments, or would like to talk more about the race and equity work at Shorecrest, please feel free to get in touch with our team leads:


    Danny Chavez-Sotnik (he/his) - Lead

    Danny is in his 4th year of teaching math at Shorecrest and 2nd year as the Race & Equity Lead. As a teacher of color, he is excited to engage in conversations about race and learn about how we can make Shorecrest a more welcoming place for our students of color. He is passionate about empowering students and helping them find their voice. He is committed to being an anti-racist teacher and challenging our staff at Shorecrest to grow so that we can uplift our black and brown students. Too often we think that being “not racist” is enough and are comfortable with the idea, but we have to shift our mindset to being “anti-racist” and recognize and change the systems of oppression that are in place.


    Johanna Phillips (she/her) - Lead

    As Shorecrest Activity Coordinator & Leadership Teacher and also District Race & Equity Lead, Johanna is passionate about infusing equity into Shorecrest student leadership and activities by explicitly working with students on these issues and examining our current practices and values. As a white woman, she finds the Cornel West quote, “Justice is what love looks like in public,” to be inspirational and a driving factor in doing this work day in and day out and for training student leaders. In order to dismantle white supremacy, we have to actively work against it, and we can do that here within ourselves and in Shorecrest, our corner of the world.