Zer Vue is a National Board Certified educator living in South King County. Currently, she works as an ELL Specialist and coach in the K-12 setting. She strives to help families navigate the education system. Mrs. Vue is Hmong American and formerly served as one of the co-chairs of SEAeD (Southeast Asian Education Coalition) and the Fellowship Lead. Her work with the SEAeD Coalition has provided three educational summits which offer mentorship, empowerment, and leadership opportunities for Asian Americans and Southeast Asian populations in the Seattle area.
Her parents and the Hmong community advocated for and developed the first Lao Family Community Center of Spokane in the early 1980s. Following her parents’ footsteps, she learned the significance and importance of community. Mrs. Vue’s parents, being Hmong Refugees themselves were pioneers in the Spokane area and lived to serve others. She continues to carry on this legacy.
In her earlier years, she grew up learning the Hmong language, culture, and then later taught basic English to adults. This built her desire to become an ELL educator.
During her studies at Eastern Washington University, she learned the importance of being active in various communities and developed her leadership potential through active engagement on campus. There, she served as President of the ISA (International Student Association), which led her back to her roots and today continues her advocacy work for underserved populations.
In addition to her work, she guest-lectured about the History of the Hmong and assisted in coordinating the 30th celebration of NW Hmong at the Wing Luke Museum. She is a board member of the Hmong Association of Washington (HAW) and Lao Women’s Foundation. Under her leadership, the HAW organization has successfully partnered with the UW Burke Museum to build a cultural exhibition to preserve and education the greater community about the Hmong culture. She is also the co-chair of the HAW Education Committee. Mrs. Vue continues to work on preserving the Hmong culture and balancing it with the intersectionality of today’s ever changing society.
In 2016, by popular vote, the community voted her as their Favorite API Activist and Favorite API Educator via the International Examiner.
Being the first Hmong woman Commissioner of Washington State, she strives to build the capacity of her community and hopes to empower the younger generations to embrace and explore their identity, cultural values, and other cultures surrounding them to be the best of themselves. A lesson she has learned from others is that “Who we are and how we identify as is an asset, not a deficit.”