Hello, I"m Han. I"m a proud Northshore resident và advocate for inclusive, equitable education.

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My journey began as an immigrant adapting to lớn a new culture & language. It was here, within Northshore"s diverse, nurturing schools, where I found my path.

Throughout my life, Northshore"s educational system has been my cornerstone, shaping my perspective, và fueling my desire to serve our community. My experiences, both personally & professionally, have reinforced my conviction to ensure every Northshore student is seen, valued, & heard.

Today, as a Washington Human Rights Commissioner and Chair of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, I tirelessly strive for a more just society. Within the workplace, I actively bridge connections between marginalized communities và resources, and facilitate important dialogues about underrepresentation in leadership roles.

I am running for Northshore School District Board with one driving goal: to lớn ensure every child in our district has access to high-quality, personalized, & culturally responsive education. I believe in our collective potential to create a future that embraces diversity, fosters respect, & provides equal opportunities for all our students. Together, we can make a difference.


My commitment is deeply rooted in creating an environment where every Northshore student can excel. This begins with my unwavering support for educators & a steadfast dedication khổng lồ accessibility and inclusivity, especially for students with disabilities. I firmly believe in the pivotal role of student wellness - their physical, mental, & emotional well-being size the vi xử lý core of a holistic learning environment.

I aspire khổng lồ make our classrooms reflect the cultural diversity of Northshore, promoting cultural competency và fostering inclusivity. My approach towards modernizing school công nghệ is balanced with the necessity of keeping solutions accessible và user-friendly.

In collaboration with community partners, I aim to lớn combat food insecurity, ensuring our students are prepared khổng lồ learn. I am committed to breaking down language barriers by offering robust multi-language support. Fiscal accountability và transparency underline every decision I make, with equity serving as my guiding principle. Together, we"ll create an exceptional educational experience in the Northshore School District.

Key Priorities:

Championing equity in classrooms và unwavering tư vấn for educators.

Ensuring accessibility và inclusivity, especially for students with disabilities.

Prioritizing student wellness through holistic approaches lớn safety and well-being programs.

Advocating for culturally competent programs và inclusive learning environments.

Embracing & ensuring accessibility of technological advancements.

Collaborating with community partners lớn address food insecurity among students.

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Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Kelsey Whipple profiles Bar Napoli"s Han Tran. Below is a Q&A with Tran, followed by the recipe for the Summer Breeze.

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Han Tran is a welcome rarity. He"s a spiritual bartender. He"s also a multi-tasker: As the petite drinksmith stands behind the expansive bar at Bar Napoli (7754 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-863-5731), he is telling Gut check a story about a trip to lớn the Grand Canyon, creating three drinks simultaneously, introducing himself khổng lồ a new customer & cracking a joke with a regular. "When you"re at the Grand Canyon and a part of all that beauty, you know there has to lớn be some sort of creator," Tran says. "You see how small you are."

Inside the stately if not quite beautiful atmosphere of the bar and restaurant combination where he was worked for almost ten years, it would be easy to feel small in all the bustle. Tran, however, doesn"t let you. He is a creative và outgoing bartender who enjoys the extra time it takes to concoct a new creation based on his customers" drinking preference. He seems equally happy to hand another woman a glass of water, but it"s tough to lớn tell behind a smile that never falters. If you have the good fortune khổng lồ order a drink from Tran on the four nights he works weekly, be sure lớn start a conversation -- if he doesn"t first. The twenty-year St. Louis native began his life in south Vietnam, & he has no end of stories to nội dung to augment your own.

Describe your bartending style in three words. I"d describe it as just freestyle. I have no mix style. I pretty much go with the situation. What you like is more important than what I like, and I remember that. The most important thing about being a bartender is that you see it all and you hear it all, but you don"t remember it all. It"s your customer"s night, và if they have a good day or a bad day, all that matters is that they enjoy every moment that they"re here. It"s their time. I spend my time finding out what my regulars want & who they are. I see a lot of things, & there"s so much for me lớn learn. The best thing about being a bartender is being on this side of the bar. I learn so much from everyone who comes in. When you nói qua with someone, it will come right back to you. That"s my philosophy.

My bar is the only bar in St. Louis where ... we really focus on the people who come here. Everybody can make a drink. It"s not that hard. But not everyone can make a friend.

Girl walks into a bar, orders a ____. She just earned my undying admiration. Whiskey is usually impressive. If a girl comes in và knows what she wants in general, not even what brand, I"m good. Men are very specific here và know exactly what they like, but if a girl orders a Crown and coke I look at her like, "Oh, hello." Surprisingly, men order more fruity drinks here than women. They order a cosmo or a pommegranate martini or an táo khuyết martini, và I see them doing it. As long as you don"t order a beer with a glass, I"m OK.

Most dumbass -- or strange -- drink anyone has ever asked for. Someone came in once and asked for "the French Connection." I said, "This is the US, and I have no idea what the French Connection is." It turns out it"s Grand Marnier & cognac, & it was an interesting drink lớn make. It"s nice when someone throws you a drink you"ve never heard of before, though it happens only rarely.

Other than your own bar, where bởi you go to lớn get a good drink? & what vì chưng you have? I go to BB"s on Broadway when I go out. It"s cash only, & they have these amazing jazz and blues bands play in house. They"re great. You can walk in in shorts & a T-shirt, or you can walk in in a tuxedo. You blend in. You can order a cheeseburger or a bowl of soup. They also hire local bands to lớn come in and play và promote themselves. A lot of them start there và work their way up. When you"re there, you can be yourself. That"s what I want khổng lồ be.I"m a beer boy. I"m a simple man, and I can drink right out of the bottle. I drink Bud Light. At Napoli, it can be fun sometimes to lớn drink with customers, but it"s different. You have to lớn refrain, so you can still give them all you"ve got the whole night. It"s all about them, not about me.

If my friends & I simply must have a round of shots, what should they be? I always ask people what they lượt thích and then help them create something from there. For guys I will usually just serve Southern Comfort with lime, something straightforward, but for girls I try something lượt thích tangerine vodka and a splash of Red Bull. I sometimes give people the Han Bomb, which is really popular. It"s Hypnotiq and Three Olives Cherry with a little Red Bull.

What"s the most exciting or memorable event you"ve witnessed while tending bar? I don"t chia sẻ stories about my customers, but a lot of crazy things happen with the staff alone. Once I was teasing my boss, the owner here, and he got upset so her tried to lớn chase me. I jumped right over the bar, và I said, "You can"t catch me!" I"m a monkey lượt thích that.

Tell me one thing most people don"t know about bartending. It sounds simple, but it"s all about the people. My dad told me when I was eight years old that the day you stop learning is the day you die. I had no idea what he was talking about, but I bởi vì now. As a bartender, you learn so much from the people you talk to, và you have khổng lồ remember that the whole thing is about them. You can have a shitty day, but you have got khổng lồ smile. You can"t bring that in here because you can"t let the people know that part. It"s not about the bartender. It"s your job to be a true friend, & how many of them vị you get?