Meet the Team

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Janine Thorn
Chief Communication and Engagement Officer

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Megan Clute
Assistant Director of Communication

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Gargi Trichel
Communication Engagement Specialist

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Brock Molmen
Web Content Specialist

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Zoe Zarkades
Digital Social Media Marketing Specialist

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Gail Nelson
Senior Secretary

For questions about district communications
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To use communications strategies, tools, public information, and storytelling to inspire each and every student and family to learn and thrive as creators of their future world.


The mission of the Bellevue School District Communications Department is to share factual and timely messages that serve all community members with accessible information through a transparent and dynamic communications process across all BSD media channels.

We strive to communicate the lived experiences of our learning community through stories that reflect and value one another’s humanity and. provides courageous support to affirm and inspire a sense of belonging.


As a values-driven Communications Department, we strive to embody our shared purpose each and every day, in every interaction, between and among our school community. To that end, we’ve identified the following values to guide our work in the way we prioritize our energies and efforts, how we make decisions, and ultimately how we serve our students and each other:

  • Service – We strive to deliver communications to the platforms our community members use.
  • Integrity – We aim to provide transparent and accessible communication methods with our community members. We encourage proactive and transparent communication with our community members. We strive to use inclusive practices in our communications methods and delivery.
  • Excellence – We aim to produce content aligned with regional and national standards of school communication and engagement practices.
  • Compassion – We are mindful of and respond to the thoughts and feelings of others and are kind, authentic, and self-aware in our interactions.
  • Respect – We welcome diverse ideas and contributions, assume each other’s best intentions, and honor each other’s strengths and traditions.
  • Collaboration – We seek to build regular thought partnerships related to our communications methods, messages, and technologies to sustain continuous improvement cycles.

Our Mission, Vision and Values were developed from the Bellevue School District’s Strategic Plan

Who Should I Contact?

For school information and questions to your students’ educators, contact: Elementary | Middle | High SchoolChoice Schools | Online School | Transitions Program | Preschool

Media Inquiries

Contact: Janine Thorn, Chief Communications and Engagement Officer, (425) 520-6965 or [email protected]

Press Releases Flyer Approval Process

Stay Connected with us!


The BSD News & Events e-newsletter is emailed to BSD families and staff on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The newsletter is a compilation of the news and information shared on the homepage and on the District News webpage.

Other ways to stay connected

Stay up-to-date on news and information from across the district. Explore the stories below to learn more about school, student and staff accomplishments, district updates, resources for families, upcoming events, and more.

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May Welcomes Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the unique journey of all AANHPI peoples living in the United States and their unique life experiences, traditions and cultures. Schools throughout the Bellevue School District acknowledge and celebrate the students and families that comprise their diverse communities.Read More

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Innovation in Language Access: Our Commitment to Beloved Community

Tasked with the responsibility of improving two-way communication for families, BSD’s Language Access Coordinator, Marta Trilles Ramos, shared with the school board improvements in the districtwide language access process. She and Director of Multilingual Learner Programs and current Acting Principal at Newport Heights Elementary School, Dr. Ricardo Macias, demonstrated the use of new technology tools that assist with communication to families who prefer receiving information in a language other than English.Read More

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.