About us

Partnership for Tacoma Public Schools is a cooperative relationship between students, families, schools, school districts, and the greater Tacoma community. Partners are committed to supporting student academic success and the whole child. Partners work with and invest in the education of our children and youth—whose future, in turn, will affect the quality of life in the entire Tacoma community.

Contact us

Central Administration Building
601 South 8th St Rm# 216
Tacoma, WA 98405

Amanda Scott-Thomas, Director


Amanda’s career spans 20 years in public service. A graduate of the Evergreen State College, Tacoma, she has worked in the non-profit sector, as well as public health education, positive youth development, community-building and state policy. Amanda also served as an administrator in the Office of Community & Youth Development for the Arizona Governor s Office in Phoenix, Arizona. This wealth of experience has provided her with the skill set necessary to serve Tacoma’s young people and community as Director of Community Partnership, Academic Equity and Achievement.

Amanda was formerly the Education Policy Director for School’s Out Washington, an agency dedicated to providing resources and guidance for organizations that give young people safe places to learn and grow outside of school. She continues to support the mission and vision of School’s Out Washington by serving as a Board Member.

At TPS, Amanda is committed to achieving the district's goal to “fully engage parents, community, staff, and young people” in the education of our children. Amanda and her husband Shannon consider service to community their lifestyle and are the proud parents of two adult children. Follow her on Twitter: @AmandadotEdu

Talana Penton, Administrative Secretary

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Talana joined Tacoma Schools in 2013. Talana has come to the district with a passion for supporting the Tacoma community. She is a Clover Park College graduate and a community organizer. She has over 20 years of experience in early childhood development programs and community outreach in the Tacoma Hilltop and Salishan communities. Talana values education and finds value helping children and families reach their full potential. As a product of the Tacoma School District, Talana understands the importance of serving within the community that helped her accomplish her goals- while providing “service with a smile.”