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L4L Students

Leadership for Learning attracts a diverse student population, each of whom brings their own personal and professional experiences and abilities to the cohort group. One of the hallmarks of the L4L program is that the students collaborate with and learn from each other as well as from the faculty as they proceed through their educational experience.

Click on a student’s name to learn more about their academic and professional background.

Leadership for Learning Cohort 5, 2012-2015

Jean Anthony
Chris Bede
Greta Bornemann
Bruno Cross
Meagan Dawson
James Everett
Tanisha Felder
Shelley Habenicht
Gerard Holzman
David Jacobson
Lori Johnson
Bryan Jones
Kathy Law
Cheryl Lydon
Eric McDowell
Michaela Miller
Donna Morris
Jordanne Nevin
John Parker
Chris Pearson
Concie Pedroza
Barbara Peterson

Nancy Potter
Michael Schiehser
Andrew Schwebke
Sandra Scott
Dylan Smith
Mike Starosky
Garth Steedman
Stacy Thomas
Ken Turner
Kim West

Jean Anthony

Current Position:
Executive Director of Special Services
Bellevue School District

Academic Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, Educational Administration Credentials
  • Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, Teaching Credentials & Masters of Science,
  • Special Education
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelors of Arts, Sociology

Previous Experience:
I began my career in public education as a teacher in programs that served students with special needs and emotional-behavioral disabilities. I have served as a principal in three different schools: Taft Elementary in Redwood City, CA, Bailey Gatzert Elementary in the Seattle Public Schools and West Mercer Elementary in the Mercer Island School District. For the last 6 years I have served as the director of special education. I also have experience with various other programs such as Title I, ELL and Health Services.

Professional Goal:
To apply my leadership skills to working collaboratively with other leaders, schools and communities to create high performing systems that successfully educate and prepare each student for life after leaving K-12 education.

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Chris Bede

Current Position:
Principal
Eastlake High School
Lake Washington School District

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, BA in English and Psychology
  • Western Washington University, Masters of Education
  • Western Washington University, Residency Principal Certificate

Previous Experience:

  • Associate Principal, Eastlake High School, July 2007 - June 2014
  • Dean of Student, Skyline High School, January 2006 - June 2007
  • Humanities Teacher, Skyline High School, September 2000 – June 2007

Professional Goal:
To work as a High School Principal and then possibly pursue other opportunities in the field of education.

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Greta Bornemann

Current Position:

Academic Background:

Previous Experience:

Professional Goal:

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Bruno Cross

Current Position:
Dean of Students
Hazen High School
Renton School District

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, M.Ed., EDLPS/Admin. Cert.
  • Western Washington University, BA Spanish, K-12 Cert/ESL-EFL Cert.
  • Highline Community College, Communications Focus

Previous Experience:

  • Secondary Teacher 4 years
  • Middle School Activity Coordinator/Teacher 3 years
  • Instructional Coach/ELL Trainer-PLC/CFG Coach
  • Middle School Administrator, 3 years

Prior to becoming a teacher, I was a logistics and finance specialist in the Navy and in private industry. I have traveled extensively, volunteering in places such as the Philippines, Guam and Brasil, with a specific interest in the global conditions that permit or prohibit access to education for youth, adults and entire communities. The work I have done with children extends through my formative years and into my adulthood through the YMCA. I have been an ESL Teacher, Club Advisor and Coach in the Highline School District. More recently, I served students and families as a Teacher, Activity Coordinator and House Administrator at Denny International Middle School. My personal and professional experiences continue to inspire me as a leader-learner in a complex world.

Professional Goal:

To serve as a principal and superintendent in a multicultural learning community learning and leading in the struggle for social justice, freedom and human dignity for all people across the fabric of our community. I lead with a focus on inquiry-based learning to improve instructional practice and create opportunities for strategic and collaborative governance. I want to engage staff, students and the community as partners in learning for equity, excellence and justice oriented practice in our growing and ever-complex global community.

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Meagan M. Dawson

Current Position:
ELL and Special Programs Coordinator
Burlington-Edison School District
 

Academic Background:

  • The University of Denver, Admin. License, 2004
  • Western Washington, Master’s Sec. Ed, 1996
  • University of Washington, B.A, English 1994

Previous Experience:

  • Middle and High School Teacher (Language Arts), St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Assistant Principal (Broomfield Heights Middle School), Boulder Valley School District
  • Principal (West View K-8 Dual Language Spanish/English), Burlington-Edison School District

Professional Goal:
How do our political, economic, and environmental policies affect marginalized students and their academic achievement? Because a dominant culture creates our educational system, what are the effects of this system on students of marginalized cultures? As our nation grows more diverse, and we wrestle with pressing economic and environmental issues, I am interested in the success of place-based community schools that strive for full collaboration, trust, rigor, and engagement.

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James Everett

Current Position:
Principal & CTE Director
Meridian High School
Meridian School District

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, Principal Certification
  • City University, MEd, Educational Technology
  • City University, MEd, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Western Washington University, BA, Secondary Education

Previous Experience:
I am currently serving as Principal and CTE Director in the Meridian School District. I previously served as Assistant Principal, also at Meridian High School. My classroom experience includes middle and high school coursework, teaching AP Government, U.S. History, European History, Language Arts, Web Design, Video Production and Student Leadership in both rural and suburban schools. Coaching has been a pleasure, as well as working with student leadership and multiple other student clubs. Over my 19 years in education I have enjoyed teaching numerous staff development courses on curriculum, instruction and educational technology in Washington, Alaska, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and Cairo, Egypt.

Professional Goal:
To continue developing my capacity for teaching, learning, and leading while serving to improve the education of ALL students. I am motivated to improve systems-level leadership to positively influence student-centered instruction. My intent is to serve students, educators, families and community members in the position of a school district superintendent.

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Tanisha Felder

Current Position:
6th Grade Teacher LA/SS
Orca K-8
Seattle School District

Academic Background:

  • Grambling State University, B.S., Elementary Education K-8
  • University of Washington, Masters, Curriculum and Instruction

Previous Experience:

  • Primary Teacher for 8 years
  • Middle School Teacher for 3 years
  • Race and Equity Lead at Orca K-8
  • Originator of Many Cultures, One World and SEED (Seeing Everyone Equally and Distinctly) Race and Social Justice Conference for Middle School

 

Professional Goal:
To create a program/school with the focus of academic explosion through the arts!

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Shelley Habenicht

Current Position:
Principal
Cottage Lake Elementary
Northshore School District

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, B.A. German Area Studies
  • Western Washington University, Seattle Urban Teacher Education Program
  • University of Washington, M.A., Danforth Leadership Program

Previous Experience:
I am currently the principal of Cottage Lake Elementary in the Northshore School District, where I’ve been since 2008. At Cottage Lake, we are proud to work as a Professional Learning Community, grounding our practice in the recognition that all students can achieve at high levels, and that it is our responsibility to ensure that it happens. Prior to coming to Northshore, I served as an administrator in the Edmonds and Renton School Districts, a teacher in Lake Washington School District, and a teacher in a private school.

Professional Goal:
Districts impact student learning through thoughtful management of resources, professional development and support of teachers, and targeted instruction based on assessment results. My goal is to build capacity at the district and building level for professional development of teachers, focusing on measurable student achievement.

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Gerard Holzman

Current Position:
Principal
James Monroe Elementary
Everett School District

Academic Background:

  • Holy Redeemer College of Wisconsin, B.A., Philosophy
  • Northern Michigan University, B.S., Education/Social Sciences
  • Adler Institute of Chicago, M.A., Counseling Psychology
  • City University of Seattle, Principal Certification –Ed Leadership

Previous Experience:
I am currently serving as an elementary principal in the Everett School District. Prior to this, I served as a school counselor in the Highline School District. Before coming to Washington State, I worked for eleven years as both a teacher and counselor in Chicago (my hometown) and Michigan. I have enjoyed coaching youth and high school soccer teams in all three states during this time.

Professional Goal: I plan to continue to work in a leadership capacity in the public school system and eventually help prepare future teachers. My goal, as a school principal, is to work collaboratively to influence and lead others in the creation of inviting and safe learning communities where rigorous instruction produces evidence of effective student learning for each student.

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David Jacobson

Current Position:
Associate Director of Human Resources
Lake Washington School District

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, Superintendent Certification
  • Western Washington University, Society Human Resource Professional Certification
  • Gonzaga University, MA; Administration and Curriculum & Instruction
  • Central Washington University, BA; Elementary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education
  • South Seattle Community College, AA; General Distribution

Previous Experience:

  • Principal/Director of Special Services, Eatonville School District, 2001-2008
  • Teacher, Enumclaw School District, 1996-2001

Professional Goal:
To enhance, develop and implement instructional practices that recognizes all learners and increases student achievement for all students by leveraging my skills, abilities and training in a prominent district leadership role.

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Lori Johnson

Current Position:
Visiting Instructor, Elementary Coordinator Master in Teaching Program
Whitworth University
Spokane, WA

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, B.A.
  • Speech Communication Whitworth University, Masters in Teaching

Previous Experience:

In August, 2011, I began coordinating teacher candidates seeking a K-8 teaching certificate in the Master in Teaching program at Whitworth University. During the past year I taught courses in Literacy and Language Arts, the Writing Rally, and General Methods, Assessment, and Management. I supervised student teachers and learned about the Teacher Performance Assessment. Previously I spent 17 years teaching in public elementary schools. I was a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first, and second grades, a Reading Recovery teacher, a literacy teacher, and an elementary librarian.

Professional Goal:
In the short term, my goal is to partner pre-service teachers with successful educators to build capacity as future teacher leaders. My long term goal is to apply leadership skills that can change systems, reduce inequities, and help all students reach their potential.

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Bryan Jones

Current Position:
Principal
Lucille Umbarger K-8
Burlington Edison School District

Academic Background:

  • Washington State University, B.A. History; Secondary Teacher Certification, 2002
  • City University, M.Ed, Educational Leadership; Principal Certification, 2008

Previous Experience:

  • 2002-2008: Social Studies Teacher, Mount Baker Middle School, Mount Vernon School District
  • 2008-2010: Assistant Principal, Burlington-Edison High School
  • 2010-Present: Principal, Lucille Umbarger School, Burlington-Edison School District

Professional Goal:
To continue my growth as an educational leader to provide increased opportunities for all students to learn and to gain the skills and experience necessary to someday serve as a superintendent.

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Katherine D. Law

Current Position:
7/8th grade science teacher
Orca K-8
Seattle School District

Academic Background:

  • Central Washington University, BA, Early Childhood Education
  • Lesley University, M.Ed, Technology in Education

Previous Experience:
I began teaching at Orca Elementary School in 2000, as a 4/5th grade mixed classroom. The first computers arrived at Orca about two years later. From that point forward purposeful technology integration caught my interest. While continuing in the classroom, I became the technology lead for the school. In 2007 I moved to teaching middle school to help facilitate the growth of Orca to a K-8. Currently I teach 7/8th grade science. I continue to help develop the goals of the school for technology and related skills.

Professional Goal:
There is a gap between what is taught in the K-12 system and the needs of our society. The missing ingredient is often is referred to as 21st Century Skills. 21st Century Skills include, but are not limited to: technology, collaboration, media literacy, and adaptability. It is my goal to develop the skills necessary to teach adults about those skills and how to integrate those skills into their teaching practice.

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Cheryl Lydon

Current Position:
Science Program Manager
Puget Sound ESD

Academic Background:

  • Washington State University, Bachelors, Biology
  • Western Washington University, Masters, Science Education
  • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, Principal Certification

Previous Experience:
In October 2011 I joined the math-science team at Puget Sound ESD as the Science Program Manager. Prior to this position I worked as the statewide math-science director for all nine Educational Service Districts supporting their collaborative efforts and partnerships with OSPI. In 2005, I began a three-year sojourn to Colorado where I first served as an assistant principal for West Middle school in Aurora, Colorado and then served as the elementary science coordinator for Denver Public Schools. Prior to this I work for the Pacific Science Center in a variety of capacities including Washington State LASER program director and teacher education manager. I began my career as a middle school science and math teacher in two different K-8 schools.

Professional Goal:
My goal upon entering the Leadership for Learning program is to learn what it is going to take to support the system-wide shift that finally provides children of all racial and socioeconomic groups with the opportunity to learn the skills of a 21st century citizen which includes the opportunity to ask questions of personal interest and to participate in a community of learners to find their own answers.

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Eric McDowell

Current Position:
Principal
Odle Middle School
Bellevue School District

Academic Background:

  • St. Olaf College, B.A. Mathematics and Statistics
  • University of Washington, Masters, EDLPS

Previous Experience:
I am currently the Principal of Odle Middle School in Bellevue, WA. Prior to Odle, I served as the Assistant Principal at Highland Middle School for one year, served as the K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Developer for the Bellevue School District for 8 years, served as the Activities Director and Head Coach for both Boys and Girls Tennis at Bellevue High for 15 years, and I taught mathematics and statistics at both Bellevue High and at a private high school for 10 years. Prior to my career in public education, I served as a “big brother” and tutor in the Neighborhood Involvement Program in Minneapolis, MN. I also worked at both Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance in St. Paul, MN and Hewitt Associates in Chicago, IL prior to getting into education.

Professional Goal:
To continue working towards the day when background characteristics such as socio-economic level, race, ethnicity, and gender are meaningless when it comes to educational outcomes.

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Michaela West Miller

Current Position:
Director
Teacher and Principal Evaluation, National Board Certification, Beginning Educator Support
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
 

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, B.A.
  • Gonzaga University, Masters
  • Seattle Pacific University, Principal Certification

Previous Experience:
I am a National Board Certified Teacher currently working at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. As the Director of the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project, the National Board Certification Program and the Beginning Educator Support Program, I oversee the support of state programs that support the ongoing professional growth of educators. I spent 12 years as a teacher leader in the North Thurston Public Schools prior to coming to OSPI in 2007. I attained my Washington State principal certification in 2009 and renewed my National Board Certification in 2011.

Professional Goal:
I am passionate about supporting the growth and development of students through the growth and development of educators. I have spent the last five years of my career bridging the gap between policy and practice. I have learned the critical importance of blending the real work of teaching and leading with the education policy world. In the future, I hope to lead at the district or state level and continue to bring that vision to life.

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Donna Morris

Current Position:

Academic Background:

Previous Experience:

Professional Goal:

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Jordanne Nevin

Current Position:
Assistant Principal
Kentlake High School
Kent School District

Academic Background:

  • Linfield College, B.S., Mathematics, Teachers Certification
  • Grand Canyon University, Masters: Instructional Technology
  • Seattle Pacific University, Principal Certificate, Educational Leadership

Previous Experience:
I am currently work at Kentlake High School in Kent Washington where I have served as an Assistant Principal for 2 years. Prior to this opportunity I was a mathematics teacher at Federal Way High School, my alma mater. I have also taught online summer school for several years with Internet Academy and a private tutoring company. This position also allowed me to write secondary math curriculum for Internet Academy’s course offerings. While earning my undergraduate degree I was fortunate to be asked to participate in a course that allowed me to teach/aide in Nottingham England for a short time period.

Professional Goal:
I am thrilled about the opportunity to delve into exploring systems-based leadership. My goal is to lead a school or district as a passionate and enthusiastic coach. I have particular interests in working toward institutionalized changes that will better serve and prepare diverse student populations for success after graduation.

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John Parker

Current Position:
Director of Instructional Leadership
Puyallup School District

Academic Background:

  • Washington State University, B.S.; General Studies, Science Education
  • Washington State University, MA, Chemistry
  • Lehigh University Lehigh University; Educational Administration

Previous Experience:
I am currently serving students, teachers, and administrators in the Puyallup School District as the Director of Instructional Leadership. In addition to that role, I oversee the K-12 programs in math and science. I began my career in Puyallup as a science and math instructor at the junior high for seven years and then taught high school math and chemistry for an additional eight years. In 2003, I took an overseas teaching position in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Community International Schools. During that time, I completed my Educational Administration certificate as a principal and was Dean of Students for a year and then Associate Principal in my final year in Shanghai. Upon returning to the United States and the Puyallup School District in 2006, I was re-hired as an instructional coach-a position I held for three years. In 2009, I moved into the position of Title I/LAP/ELL Director for one year.

Professional Goal:
Empowering teachers, administrators, and colleagues to use researched best practices and self-reflect on their own instructional practice with the intent on continuous improvement is among my primary goals.

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Chris Pearson

Current Position:
Principal
West View P-6
Burlington-Edison SD

Academic Background:

  • Pepperdine University, BA – English Literature
  • American University, MA – Secondary Education
  • Western Washington University, Principal Certification

Previous Experience:

  • Principal, Allen K-8, BESD
  • Dean of Students, Burlington-Edison HS, BESD
  • High School English Teacher, Anacortes High School, Anacortes, WA, American Community School of Athens, Greece, O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA
  • Education Coordinator, Heart of Los Angeles, CA

Professional Goal:
To identify and take advantage of learning opportunities that support my continual growth as an educational leader.

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Concie Pedroza

Current Position:
Principal
Seattle World School
Seattle Public Schools

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, B.A., Elementary Education/English as a Second Language, 1989
  • University of Washington, M.Ed., Education Leadership & Policy Studies, 2003
  • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership Program & Principal Certification, 2003

Previous Experience:
I am currently the principal of Seattle World School in Seattle Public Schools; an international middle and high school where students represent fifty languages. I am entering my second year as the principal and we will graduate our first class in June 2015.  Previously, I have served as the principals of Orca K-8 in Seattle and Jefferson Elementary in Everett Public Schools; with additional leadership experience that includes supporting principals as assistant principal in Everett and a head teacher in Seattle Public Schools. I have more than 10 years of teaching experience in Seattle Public Schools at the intermediate grade levels in both ELL and general education classrooms.

Professional Goal:
I am excited to work with an organization that is committed to equity education and willing to intentionally analyze and align each layer of the organization from policies, procedures, finances and curriculum into a common vision and practice that successfully tackles the achievement and opportunity gap that exists.

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Barbara Peterson

Current Position:
Executive Director
Northwest Learning and Achievement Group
Wapato, WA

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, B.A., Political Science Major/Drama Minor
  • University of Minnesota, Graduate Study
  • University of Washington, M.A., Graduate School of Public Affairs, Evans School

Previous Experience:
Before coming into education, I worked in transportation (Metro Transit, Seattle), did an internship at Health and Human Services in DC, and spent 4 years in international banking (BankAmerican Travelers Cheques, San Francisco). Returning to the Pacific Northwest after San Francisco, I worked for 12 years as a policy analyst at the Higher Education Coordinating Board conducting academic, financial aid, and technology policy work especially at the intersection between the K-12 and higher education systems. I co-wrote a college outreach grant for low income students for the state which led into my co-founding an educational nonprofit, the Northwest Learning and Achievement Group (NLA) in 199 which has served low income students in school districts from Walla Walla to the Canadian border. NLA provided enrichment and remedial afterschool programs and college outreach programs to more than 4,000 students in 2011-12 alone.

Professional Goal:
I would like to help develop a model of learning that encompasses the most cutting edge pedagogies and ensure that underserved students in rural isolated school districts are as well served with educational opportunities as the most advantaged of their peers.

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Nancy S. Potter

Current Position:
Senior Educational Manager
The College Board

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, Bachelors  
  • Whitworth University , Master of Arts, Teaching
  • Eastern Washington University, MBA

Previous Experience:
National Board Certified in English Language Arts, Nancy S. Potter has been teaching for thirty-one years. She has taught both AP English Literature and AP English Language most recently in Bellevue, Washington as well as developed on line courses. Endorsed as a faculty consultant for the College Board since 1992, Nancy led workshops in AP English Literature and Language, English Vertical Teams, Pre-AP English and Interdisciplinary strategies in English and Social Studies throughout the United States and Canada. For the past nine years, she’s lead summer institutes around the country, including Hawaii and her current hometown in Bellevue. Former president of the Washington State Council Teachers of English and technology teacher of the year, Nancy wrote curriculum for Washington State, the Spokane, Shoreline, and Bellevue School Districts, and commercial publishers. A table leader for the AP English Literature examination, she compiled for the Chief Reader a list of works of literary merit. Currently, she works for the College Board as an educational manager serving the states of Alaska, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, and Oregon. Starting her College Board career in 2004 as Associate Director for Outreach out of AP Equity and Access, Nancy has an MBA and MAT. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington where both of her sons were graduated, her youngest with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, her oldest son in Economics.

Professional Goal:
To fight endlessly that all students starting with ReadiStep have the chance at the most rigorous curriculum possible—all pupils,-AP .

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Michael Schiehser

Current Position:
Principal
Tiger Mountain Community High School
Issaquah School District

Academic Background:

  • University of Colorado, Boulder; BA Biology
  • California State University, Fullerton; MA Educational Administration

Previous Experience:
Michael Schiehser began his teaching career as a graduate from University of Colorado’s teacher education program where he conducted his student teaching and then served as a substitute at Boulder Valley School District. As a science teacher at Fullerton Union High School in Orange County California he earned his National Board Certification and his Masters in Educational Administration from California State University. He was awarded both Outstanding Science Teacher of the year and Fullerton Union High School Teacher of the Year in 2005. That same year he was appointed as Associate Principal of Mercer Island High School in Mercer Island, WA. In 2008, he moved to the district office and served as a director in the Learning and Technology Services department for four years. During this time he held responsibilities of leading the Highly Capable Program, Assessment Operations, Teacher Mentorship and Orientation and supervised and evaluated of over 72 instructional staff at Mercer Island High School. He currently serves as principal of Tiger Mountain Community High School in the Issaquah School District.

Professional Goal:
As public school educational leader I strive to provide exceptional service and leadership to prepare all students for their futures in a competitive, global and digital world.

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Andrew Schwebke

Current Position:
Executive Director of Student Learning
Tumwater School District

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, BS
  • Seattle University, MIT

Previous Experience:
I have served as a classroom teacher in the Bellevue and Puyallup School Districts. In addition, I have served as a district level administrator in the Puyallup and Tacoma School District with a focus on closing the achievement gap in math and science. I have recently started a new position with the Tumwater School District with a focus on systems level leadership.

Professional Goal:
I strive to be an instructional leader who, while working at the central office, still maintains a close connection with classroom instruction. The quality of teaching matters a great deal, and I want to be the chief learner about teaching in the Tumwater School District. My goal is to be a part of the leadership of a school system where all students achieve to their full potential. I want schools to be the place where the future is opened up for students so that schools become a funnel instead of a sieve.

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Sandi Bennett-Scott

Current Position:
Assistant Director
Evening Teacher Certification
Whitworth University

Academic Background:

  • Whitworth College, M.Ed. in Secondary Education
  • Washington State University, B.A. in Mathematics

Previous Experience:
I currently serve as the assistant director of the Evening Teacher Certification program at Whitworth University and teach the ETC mathematics methods course. I have also taught statistics to adults in Whitworth’s accelerated evening program. Teaching assignments for the math department in the undergraduate day program have included precalculus and liberal arts mathematics. Prior to coming to Whitworth, I taught at North Central High School in Spokane. Although my primary focus there was mathematics, I coached debate and was involved with a dropout prevention program for several years.

Professional Goal:
My professional goal is to be an effective educator who positively influences the academic, social and emotional growth of students. Skillful, effective leaders are necessary to create the programs, policies and procedures that will provide the opportunities for students to excel in the classroom. I plan to acquire and refine the leadership skills necessary to obtain a position that will allow me to be involved in large-scale initiatives to improve student learning, instructional pedagogy and administrative practices.

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Dylan Smith

Current Position:
Assistant Principal
Northwood Middle School
Kent School District

Academic Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, M.A. Education
  • Fordham University, M.S.T. Social Studies Education
  • University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A. Politics

Previous Experience:
Assistant Principal - Kent School District. Kent, WA
Academic Dean / History Teacher - Leadership Public School. San Jose, CA
Social Studies Teacher - Manhattan Middle School for Scientific Inquiry. New York City, NY
Teach For America Corps Member

Professional Goal:
To ensure that all students have access to a quality education.

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Michael Starosky

Current Position:
Consulting Principal
Human Resources
Seattle School District

Academic Background:

  • Central Washington University, B.A. School Health Education, English Minor; Teacher Certification
  • Western Washington University, M.Ed. School Administration; Principal Certification

Previous Experience:
Currently, I am serving in the position of Human Resources Consulting Principal for Seattle Public Schools. Prior to this assignment, I worked as a principal and administrator at Whitman Middle School for nine years. I began my career in education teaching middle school health, language arts, and social studies at Mercer Middle School. I have over 18 years of administrative and teaching experience.

Professional Goal:
I want to be a force of change in urban public schools for all students. The next part of my career will focus on maximizing adult learning by developing, mentoring, and teaching current and future administrative leaders through a social justice and equity perspective.

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Garth L. Steedman, Jr.

Current Position:
Director Human Resources
Bremerton School District

Academic Background:

  • St. Martin’s College, BA Finance
  • University of Notre Dame, MBA Finance/Marketing
  • Central Washington University, BS Business Education
  • Central Washington University, Administrative Certification
  • Seattle Pacific University, Superintendent Certification
  • Western Washington University & WSPA, Human Resources Certification

Previous Experience:

  • 1995-1998: Business Education Teacher, Enumclaw High School
  • 1998-1999: Dean of Students, Enumclaw High School
  • 1999-2002: Assistant Principal, Eatonville High School
  • 2000-2002: Career & Technical Education Administrator, Eatonville School District
  • 2002-2012: Principal, Eatonville High School
  • 2012-2014: Human Resources & Business Manager, Eatonville School District

Professional Goal:
Through both academic and professional experiences, I plan to continually improve both my philosophical, and pragmatic, understanding of K-12 public schools. In my new position as HR/Business Manager, I plan to bring a teaching and learning focus to an area that often does not have such a focus. I enjoy designing and implementing educational programs that assist all students in gaining the skills necessary to be successful personally, and professionally. As my competence in systems level leadership and management increases I hope to someday be provided the opportunity to serve students and staff through the position of superintendent.

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Stacy Thomas

Current Position:
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Blaine School District

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, Residency Principal Certification
  • City University, M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction
  • Western Washington University, B.A., Elementary Education

Previous Experience:

  • Assistant Principal, Irene Reither Primary School & Ten Mile Creek Elementary, Meridian School District, 2011-2013
  • Teacher, Blaine Elementary School, Blaine School District, 2006-2011

Professional Goal:
I believe instruction is the key variable in student achievement.  My goal is to become more a more effective instructional leader. I hope learn more about the specific needs of adult learners and the types of leadership moves that will have the greatest impact on teacher practice and student learning. I am interested in learning how leaders at the central office level can support principals as instructional leaders as well as develop and support teacher leadership.

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Ken Turner

Current Position:
Challenge Course Manager, Camp Long, Seattle Parks
Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University of Seattle and Art Institute of Seattle
Instructor, Wilderness Medical Associates

Academic Background:

  • Georgia Tech, B.S., Applied Biology
  • University of Georgia, Masters, Science Education
  • Athens Area Tech, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Previous Experience:
My diverse pedagogical experiences include residence life, science education (high school teacher for 4 years/ college science lecturer for 8 years), outdoor recreation (Outward Bound, raft-sea kayak-mountaineering guiding, Professional Ski Instructors of America-PSIA) and wilderness medicine (WMA instructor, National Ski Patrol, and Red Cross first aid/CPR instructor).

Professional Goal:
As an experiential educator, I seek to bring my passion of outdoor recreation and adventure education out of the fringe and into the mainstream of public schools. As the challenge course manager for Seattle Parks, I want to obtain funding to bring out entire grades from local public middle and high schools, engaging them on both the low and high ropes course. Also, as a former science teacher and Outward Bound instructor, I want to support a ‘non-traditional’ school that is willing to fuse academic rigor with outdoor recreation creating something I refer to as technical field studies. An example of this is my facilitation of an independent study program with college students combined Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding together with Marine Biology field experiements. If all this fails, I plan to hit the road with my comedy CPR act!!!!

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Kimberly West

Current Position:
Social Studies and Technology Instructional Support
STEM High School 9-12
Lake Washington School District

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts
  • Western Washington University, Masters in Education
  • National Board Certified Teacher

Previous Experience:
As an Instructional Technology Specialist, I worked with a team of teachers and administrators to carry out the instructional technology goals of the district. This included creating curriculum for staff development classes, providing instruction and coaching to teachers, testing out software and hardware for classroom use, and working with my team to plan out the direction of the district for the upcoming school year. Starting in August, 2012, I will be working at our district’s new STEM high school opening this fall.

Professional Goal:
My professional goal is to work towards redefining what teaching and learning looks like in the 21st Century. I plan to focus on how to transform the classroom to be student-centered, address how we redefine the roll of the teacher, how students access and build new knowledge through innovation and creativity, and the vital role technology plays in equalizing access to education for all students.

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