A mother of two with 15 years of professional education experience, Anya Tanyavutti, joined the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board at its meeting Monday night.

Tanyavutti, whose two young children are enrolled in the district’s early childhood programs, was unanimously chosen by the board to succeed Jennifer Phillips, who resigned last month.

She was sworn in by Board President Candance Chow, who said Tanyavutti was one of 12 “highly qualified” district residents who applied to fill the vacancy. Her term will run until the April 2017 election.


She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Socio-Cultural Studies and Educational Thought, both from Western Michigan University.

The new board member’s work history includes administrative leadership of a community schools department, youth development program administration, teaching at the elementary level, and strategic planning consultation.

She serves on the PTA Council’s Navigating Real Life Diversity series planning committee.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Tanyavutti to the board,” Chow said, “and look forward to bringing her expertise and perspective to the board’s work.”

Tanyavutti said her professional work and experience raising children in the Evanston/Skokie community “has strengthened my knowledge and given me a sense of awareness of the emerging strategies and priorities in the district that include the research and development of an educational equity policy, the impact of social and emotional learning and restorative justice, literacy development, and family and community engagement.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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