There are nine members on the D.C. State Board of Education who are directly elected by voters within the District. State Board members’ terms are four years and are staggered so no more than five members are selected in any one election. To learn about our committee assignments, please visit the Committee Assignments page.
President, Ward 7
Vice President, At-Large
SY2023–2024 Student Representatives
(From left to right: Joey Villafor, Ben Yarkin, and Téa Washington)
Joseph Villaflor is a senior at Capital City Public Charter School. Joseph wants to ensure that he can create a space where students feel empowered and heard. He has invested a lot of time in his extracurriculars, such as debate, tutoring, and STEM Ready. He values learning and trying new things both in and out of the classroom. Through his role as a student representative, Joseph wants to further the opportunities for his peers to engage in important discourse surrounding their education and ensure everyone feels safe and protected.
Ben Yarkin "I am a senior at School Without Walls High School, where I channel my passion for advocacy and education policy into Student Government and work with WTEF, a local tennis and education nonprofit. As a student representative of the DC State Board of Education, I want to break the disconnect between education policymakers and the students they are meant to help. I look forward to bringing the two groups closer together to create meaningful recommendations that will ameliorate some of the issues that students and their families face every day. Outside of the SAC, I love to cook, play with my dog, and play tennis".
Téa Washington is a junior at BASIS DC PCS, serving in her second term as a Student Representative on the DC State Board of Education. Her favorite colors are brown and pink, she loves music and film, has lived in DC her entire life, and loves it more than the world. Growing up in Capitol Hill, Washington was constantly surrounded by politicians and change makers. Whether it was through participating in ‘Everybody Wins’ (a non-profit organization that allows students in schools to read with Senate employees and later visit their buildings), touring the Capitol and other government buildings, or running into a senator at a Starbucks near her school, Washington is truly a product of her environment when it comes to her passion for advocacy and devotion to change. There is nothing she is more passionate about than being able to serve her community and assist those around her in any way possible.