Pictured: My-Linh, her husband Don and their children, who are both students in the Bellevue School District
My-Linh Thai is Bellevue School Board President, a health care professional, and an award-winning PTSA parent who has been committed to improving education, providing opportunities, and ensuring quality of life for Eastside families.
On the Bellevue School Board, as a Director, and now as Board President, My-Linh has put to work her ability to listen, build consensus, and achieve common goals to ensure that the district allows all children to develop to their full potential. Her focus has been on enhancing parent and community engagement, establishing high student expectations through a diverse and challenging curricula, closing the Opportunity Gap, and improving district accommodation of students with special needs.
My-Linh also serves as Vice President of the Washington State School Board Directors Association (WSSDA). As a member of the WSSDA Legislative and Equity Committees, she advocates for investments in education statewide and for important reforms so that each and every student has equitable access to educational opportunity. Prior to serving on the School Board, My-Linh and her husband, Don, built a successful pediatric neurology practice from the ground up in Casper, Wyoming. She later worked as a practicing pharmacist in Billings, Montana. In addition, she has volunteered as a medical interpreter and co-taught in Vietnam’s first nursing graduate program.
At 15 years old, My-Linh immigrated to Washington State as a Vietnamese refugee with her family. Thanks to supportive teachers and counselors, she graduated with honors from Federal Way High School and went on to graduate from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. The early support and investments of her new community inspired My-Linh’s dedication in helping to water the seeds of the next generation. That motivation led to her to get involvement with the Somerset Elementary School PTSA where she received the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate Award, and later ran for the Bellevue School Board.
My-Linh and her husband, a neurologist at Valley Medical Center, have lived in Bellevue for the past ten years. Their two children attend high school in the Bellevue School District.