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 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.

Charisse Beaudry Berner Chris Espeland Haydee Lavariega
Jeff Broome Dedy Fauntleroy Mike McCarthy
Gregg Browne Kecia Fox Heather McMullen
TJ Davis Krista Fox Kelly Niccolls
Constance Daw Trevor Greene Kate O'Brien
Ted Dezember Sally Guzman Reyes May Ovalles
Kristi Dominguez Debbie Haney Kathryn Peterson
Ellen Dorr Brian Hanrahan  Marcus Pimpleton
Rachel Eifler Kurt Hatch Nathan Plummer
Kathy Emerick Gloria Henderson Julie van Wijk
Omar Escalera William Jackson Cathy Wellington
  Chris Larsen  

 

Charisse Beaudry Berner

Current Position:
Director of Teaching & Learning, Bellingham Public Schools 

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership Program, Program Administrator and Principal Certificates, 2000
  • Seattle Pacific University, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, 1989
  • University of Washington, B.A., Music; B.A., Music Education; Teaching Certificate, 1981

Previous Experience:

In 2013, Charisse joined the Department of Teaching and Learning in Bellingham Public Schools. She is the Director for Curriculum Adoption processes and is the lead for Math and Science content and professional development. She has served as Director of Curriculum and Professional Development in Mukilteo School District (2007-2013) and Curriculum Director in Oak Harbor School District (2000-2007). She earned her Principal and Program Administrator Certification through the UW Danforth Program in 1999-2000 (cohort 12). Prior to being a central office administrator, Charisse was the Assessment TOSA in Snohomish SD where she was also an elementary music teacher (and taught one year of 2nd grade). Charisse was a classroom assessment trainer for Rick Stiggins, WEA and OSPI. She also taught K-12 Choral and general music in Yelm, Bethel and Federal Way School Districts.

Professional Goal:

My goal is to become an executive-level leader who uses continuous improvement strategies in an equity driven public school system providing education that honors the race, passions, cultures and individual characteristics of each and every student.

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Jeff Broome

Current Position:
Principal, Tumwater School District 

Academic Background:

  • Western Washington University, BA Political Science
  • Western Washington University 4-12 Social Studies Teaching Certification
  • Washington State University, Educational Leadership M. Ed.
  • Harvard University Graduate School Principal’s Academy
  • Harvard University, Center for Educational Policy, “Visibly Better” Project Member

Previous Experience:

  • Social Studies Teacher, Heritage High School, Evergreen (Vancouver) Public Schools
  • Dean of Students, Heritage High School, Evergreen (Vancouver) Public Schools
  • Assistant Principal, Capital High School, Olympia School District
  • Principal, Tumwater High School, Tumwater School District

Professional Goal:

My goal is to be systems leader dedicated to equity and excellence for all of our students. I want to be a leader that seeks out, eliminates the disproportionalities in our system, and closes the opportunity gap. I want to be a difference maker in the lives of kids.

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Gregg Brown

Current Position:
Principal, Shahala Middle School, Evergreen Public Schools 

Academic Background:

  • University of Washington, Seattle, Doctoral Student, 2018
  • Washington State University, M.Ed. Educational Administration
  • Washington State University, B.A., Political Science

Previous Experience:

  • Associate Principal, Heritage High School (2011 – 2013)
  • Associate Principal, Union High School (2007 – 2011)
  • Associate Principal, Evergreen High School (2004 – 2007)
  • Teacher, Social Studies and Leadership, Evergreen High School (1997 – 2004)

Professional Goal:

To develop, refine and apply leadership skills and strategies that will transform personal passion from advocacy to activism, creating equitable systems that will endure and thrive beyond my tenure as an educational administrator. To extend influence within my  ommunity by growing a network of colleagues who believe in the potential of each child and are willing to create systems and supports to realize this vision as well as change the trajectory of the lives of students we serve.

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 T.J. Davis

Current Position:

Assistant Principal, Tacoma Public Schools

Academic Background:

  • California State University, Bakersfield
    • B. A. Communications w/ Public Relations focus
    • B. A. English Literature w/ Teaching focus
    • Single Subject Teaching Credential w/ Cross-cultural and Language Acquisition Development and Technology Focus
  • University of Phoenix
    • M. A. Ed. Administration and Supervision w/ Doctorate level coursework

Previous Experience:

  • Assistant Principal: Tacoma Public Schools, WA (2017-present)
  • Substitute Principal: Clover Park School District, WA (2017)
  • Program Director: Army, Child, Youth and School Services, HI, NY, CA, WA (2012-2017)
  • Foster Parent and FCC Provider: Jefferson County, NY (2010-2011)
  • Assistant Principal: San Francisco Unified School District, CA (2009-2010)
  • Instructional Coach: San Francisco School District, CA (2008-2009)
  • Center Director: Huntington Learning Center, FL (2007-2008)
  • ELA Teacher: Hillsborough County School District, FL (2006-2007)
  • Center Director: Sylvan Learning Center, CA (2004-2005)
  • ELA Teacher: Bakersfield/Kern County, CA (2000 -2004)

Professional Goal:

I am a savvy leader with the ability to communicate value systems, model ethical behavior, and engage and inspire diverse followers. As a scholar, leader and practitioner with an entrepreneurial spirit it is my goal to push conversations about race, gender and class that  promote standards of service and excellence to increase the educational opportunities for all young people.

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 Constance Daw

Current Position:

Assistant Principal, Tacoma Public Schools 

Academic Background:

  • Columbia University – Teacher’s College, M.A., Public School Administration
  • University of Washington, B.M., Applied Music (Violin), Diversity Minor

Previous Experience:

After completing her music education training at the University of Washington, Constance joined Teach for America’s 2011 Mississippi Delta Corps. Constance started her career in education as the inaugural orchestra director of W.A. Higgins Academy of Arts and  International Studies in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Constance joined the 2013 cohort of Columbia University – Teacher’s College Summer Principal Academy and joined the staff of Stax Music Academy in Memphis, Tennessee as the strings instructor and a program manager, later becoming the curriculum manager for the academy. In 2015, Constance returned to her hometown and joined Tacoma Public Schools, serving as a dean of students and as an assistant principal. Constance is currently the Assistant Principal of Wainwright Intermediate School in Fircrest, Washington.

    Professional Goal:

    Constance seeks to create and maintain educational systems that facilitate community health and support the actualization of generational hopes and aspirations for community children.

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     Ted Dezember

    Current Position:

    Senior Manager for Educational Initiatives and Youth Programs, King County Housing Authority

    Academic Background:

    • Washington State University, B.A. Secondary Education
    • University of Washington, M.Ed.

    Previous Experience:

    Current role is as Senior Manager for Educational Initiatives and Youth Programs at King County Housing Authority. I am responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational policies and program initiatives to support academic and life success of children who live in KCHA’s properties or participate in KCHA’s other housing programs. I lead three housing authority- school district- community cross-sector partnerships in Kent, Bellevue, and White Center, WA, to ensure complimentary learning programs and well-structured extended learning programs are available to KCHA children and youth. My background is in public education serving as a high school humanities teacher, middle school Dean of Students, and as an elementary assistant principal. 

    Professional Goal:

    My goal is to become a system level leader in the affordable housing sector that ensures public housing authorities across the state, region, and eventually the country are working to ensure that their residents, especially people of color, immigrants, and refugees have equitable access are in active in the development of high quality services and programs that support the academic and life outcomes of children and youth.

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     Kristi Dominguez

    Current Position:
    Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Bellingham Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Certification
    • Western Washington University, M.Ed, Literacy
    • Western Washington University, B.A., Interdisciplinary Child Development, P-3; K-8 Certification
    • Yakima Valley Community College, A.A., Early Childhood Education

    Previous Experience:

    Kristi Dominguez, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in Bellingham Public Schools, has been an early learning educator for the past 28 years, serving as both a teacher and an administrator. Kristi was one of the district’s first full day Kindergarten teachers before continuing her professional career by transitioning as the district’s first Director of Early Childhood Education helping to build Bellingham’s P-3 system. She has served as a Full Day K consultant in both Washington and Oregon, coauthored Washington State's Full Day K guide, and represented Washington on a National Full-Day K Brain Trust sponsored by the GATES Foundation. She has her certification in Washington’s P-3 Executive Leadership Program and is currently serving on the state’s Early Learning Advisory Council representing K-12 systems for Washington’s Department of Early Learning.

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to support and create systems where opportunity and access to equitable resources and programs provides every child an even start from their earliest moments despite race, socio-economic status, or ability.

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    Ellen Dorr

    Current Position:
    Chief Technology Officer, Renton School District

    Academic Background:

    • Seattle University, Master in Teaching (K-8 certification, secondary biology)
    • Reed College, Bachelor of Arts, Biology

    Previous Experience:

    I currently serve as the Chief Technology Officer for the Renton School District, ensuring students and staff have access to the tools and resources needed for empowering learners in inclusive, equitable learning environments as well as increasing effectiveness and efficiency across the district. My educational career began with over a decade teaching middle school students in White Center and developing a strong commitment to equity. Following that, I served at central office in Highline Public Schools and Renton School District in educational technology. 

    Professional Goal:

    My goals as a leader are to create the conditions which restructure education to empower and support all students and to rectify existing inequities. I believe this work grows from honoring the value and inherent worth of all students, families, and our communities, by focusing on continuous improvement, and by thinking both strategically and empathetically.

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    Rachel Eifler

    Current Position:

    P-3 Professional Development Coordinator, NorthEast Washington ESD 105

    Academic Background:

    • University of Idaho, MS, Adult/Organizational Learning and Leadership
    • Lewis Clark State College, BS, Elementary Education

    Previous Experience:

    I began my career in 2003 as a prekindergarten teacher. During that time I completed my degree in elementary education. I then taught in the Post Falls School District in Post Falls, Idaho for 6 years in grades 1,2, 5, and 6. I left the district in 2011 and began working at North Idaho College as a student support specialist, instructional support and math instructor. In 2012 I was hired at NEWESD 101 as the Regional Math Coordinator where I provided professional development and support for math instruction within Northeast  Washington. I took a hiatus form the ESD but continued on through a contract with OSPI to develop statewide early mathematics professional development resources. In 2016 I was hired as the P-3 Professional Development Coordinator, my current position) at the ESD where I support curriculum , instruction and leadership for preschool through third grade educators.

    Professional Goal:

    As an equity focused leader, it is my drive to support educators in building leadership in order to disrupt systems of inequity. I get the unique opportunity to work on multiple levels of the system and with multiple stakeholders. I support teachers, administrators and leaders in early learning. It is my goal to help build up each educator within his or her system in an effort to identify and disrupt inequities through data driven practices.

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    Kathy Emerick

    Current Position:

    Director of Teacher Initiatives, Highline Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Certificate of Completion Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Institute
    • Western Washington University, M.A., Educational Leadership; Administrators Certificate
    • Western Washington University, B.A., Child Psychology; K-12 Teaching Certification

    Previous Experience:

    • Director of Teacher Initiatives, Highline Public Schools
    • Principal, Hilltop Elementary, Highline Public Schools
    • Principal, Beverly Park Elementary, Highline Public Schools
    • Assistant Principal, Hilltop Elementary, Highline Public Schools
    • Teacher, Highline Public Schools and Mount Vernon School District

    Professional Goal:

    My goal is to continue to work and lead to ensure that all students have the opportunity for growth and success; breaking down barriers that limit options and create systems of equity and justice and creating classrooms that are culturally responsive.

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    Omar A. Escalera

    Current Position:
    Assistant Principal, Pasco School District 

    Academic Background:

    • Heritage University, M.Ed., School Administration
    • Heritage University, B.A., Education K-8 Certification (Bilingual, ESL and Spanish)

    Previous Experience:

    • Assistant Principal, Pasco High School, Pasco School District
    • Two Way Dual Language Facilitator, Pasco School District
    • Two Way Dual Language Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Pasco School District
    • Bilingual Tutor, Pasco School District

    Professional Goal:

    To become a servant-leader, focused on social justice and educational excellence. To fearlessly lead local, state and national efforts of underrepresented communities in their quest for equity. My goal is to become a change agent in my community and impact the narrative for ALL students.

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    Chris Espeland

    Current Position:
    Director of Teaching & Learning, Lakewood School District 

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Danforth, Program and Principal Administration Certification
    • Antioch University, Master of Arts in Education
    • Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Education

    Previous Experience:

    • Current Director of Teaching and Learning, Lakewood School District, WA
    • Principal, Chain Lake Elementary, Monroe School District, WA
    • Title, ELL, Highly Capable Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools, WA
    • Elementary Teacher, Rose Hill School District, KS
    • Elementary Teacher, Arlington and Lakewood School Districts, WA

    Professional Goal:

    My goal is to lead for excellence and equity in a system by finding strengths and challenging inequities at all levels. My mission is to move beyond mere acknowledgement of these inequities to action in building beliefs, structures and practices that ensure traits such as race, socio-economic level, ethnicity, gender, etc. are no longer predictive in regards to educational and societal outcomes for all our students.

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    Dedy Fauntleroy

    Current Position:

    Principal, Northgate Elementary, Seattle Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • Smith College, B.A.
    • University of La Verne, M.Ed.
    • University of Washington, Principal Certification

    Previous Experience:

    Dedy Fauntleroy is principal of Northgate Elementary in the Seattle Public Schools. She previously served in leadership positions at John Stanford International School and Loyal Heights Elementary. Before becoming a building leader, Fauntleroy served as teacher  leader in roles that included an English language learner instructional coach, consultant for the Council of Great City Schools, and collaborator with the Center for Teacher Quality. She has also worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2–8. Fauntleroy earned her Bachelor of Arts at Smith College, her Master of Education from the University of La Verne and principal certificate from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program.

    Professional Goal:

    I want to examine what our barriers are to achieving equity. More specifically, I want to learn how to meet the challenges of systematizing equity in Seattle, a city which considers itself to be on the cutting edge of progressiveness but still has one of the highest achievement gaps in the country. My intention is to become a leader who effectively disrupts the ways in which leadership is either complacent or complicit in sustaining systemic inequities and white privilege.

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    Kecia Fox

    Current Position:
    Assistant Principal, Anacortes School District 

    Academic Background:

    • Western Washington University, BA Liberal Arts with a focus on multiculturalism
    • Western Washington University, K-8 Teaching Certificate and Spanish endorsement
    • University of Washington, Teacher Leadership Certificate
    • University of Washington, M.Ed. Leadership

    Previous Experience:

    • Taught elementary school for eight years
    • Taught middle school and high school for five years: ELA and Spanish as well as electives
    • Assistant High School Principal for four years

    Professional Goal:

    To continually learn and grow so I can better serve all students. I hope to improve systems and instructional practices to provide all students what they need to be successful. This will result in promoting change to more equitable systems and practices and result in outcomes that provide all students an education where they have passion and confidence in their lives and for their futures.

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    Krista Fox

    Current Position:
    Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, M.P.A.
    • University of Washington, B.A. Social Welfare

    Previous Experience:

    Professional Goal:

     

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    Trevor L.T. Greene

    Current Position:

    Executive Director, Strategic Workforce Planning and Development, Highline Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • Atlantic Research Partners, National Superintendent Certification, 2017
    • Association of Washington School Principals / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, State Principal Fellow, 2014
    • Washington State University, Superintendent Certification, 2009
    • Central Washington University, Administrative Certification, 2005
    • Central Washington University, Master’s Degree (MA), Education, 1998
    • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Spanish | English, 1994

    Previous Experience:

    During his tenure serving in a school of 100 percent poverty on the Yakama Indian Reservation, Trevor Greene worked with his community and staff to implement systemic approaches that improved the school’s graduation rate to 93.5 percent and science scores by 67 percent. Under his stewardship, Toppenish High School was one of the most decorated high schools in Washington State. As an executive director in the Highline School District, Mr. Greene worked with principals in three municipalities, and all three STEM high schools, to improve instructional leadership, teacher instruction, and student achievement. Each principal to whom he provided direct support improved the graduation rate at her/his respective school (two by 17 percent), and one school was recognized as the top school in the state by US News & World Report. Currently, he oversees strategic workforce planning and development, where his team has achieved dramatic increases in workforce diversity and established teacher and principal career pathways.Mr. Greene is committed to leadership development and is the only preK-12 practitioner who trains for the NASSP National Leaders Academy. As a senior presenter and executive coach for an educational training and consulting firm, he regularly supports school administrators in becoming proactive transformational leaders. Trevor also presents regularly at national conferences and to university and school district administrative and teacher cohorts.

    Professional Goal:

    Leading for equity and excellence as a system leader are synonymous, and they motivate Mr. Greene in his practice. His goal is to be a systems leader in a district of high diversity and low socioeconomic status where students realize state-leading gains in all areas. Further objectives include establishing intentional stakeholder outreach and collaboration, establishing private and public partnerships, and assuring that reciprocal-accountability is in place at every level of the organization in service of each student.

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    Sally Farah Guzmán Reyes

    Current Position:

    Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Edmonds School District

    Academic Background:

    • Seattle University, MNPL
    • University of Washington, B.A., Communication & Social Sciences
    • Shoreline Community College, A.A., Sociology

    Previous Experience:

    I am currently the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Edmonds School District, where I have worked since 2014. I coordinates the district strategies, policies and training's around family engagement as a tool for improving student learning. I have  worked in direct service to families for over 8 years and have a vast array of experience including Student Support Advocate at Edmonds School District, Family Support Specialist with Youth Eastside Services and Americorp. For the last 8 years, I have served on the board of directors for a local south snohomish nonprofit Latino Educational Training Institute (LETI), that works to provide training, information and support to Latino community in south Snohomish County. Previous to my work in nonprofits and education, I worked in customer service and banking with an array of roles that ranged from data inputting to systems development and volunteered for LETI and other grassroots organizations.

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal as I enter the L4L program is be able to move forward in advocating for the educational needs in this formal educational setting while at the same time not compromising my ties to my community. I want to impact the system “to reimagine schools as sites where diverse, heterogeneous practices are not only valued but sustained.” (Paris & Alim, 2017.) My goal is to learn to lead from a system level in order to create equitable outcomes for all students.

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    Debbie Haney

    Current Position:

    Early Learning Specialist, Bellingham Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate
    • Western Washington University, M.Ed. Exceptional Children, P-3 Special Education Certification and 4-12 Psychology Certification
    • Western Washington University, BA, Speech Pathology and Audiology

    Previous Experience:

    Debbie Haney is currently an Early Learning Specialist in the Bellingham Schools, she has worked in early learning for 25 years as a special education teacher and program specialist. She works to support children ages birth to 5 years in a variety of capacities. Debbie is also an adjunct professor at Western Washington University where she instructs undergraduates in early childhood special education classes. Recently, she was employed by Portland State University to supervise student interns seeking certification. Debbie is a member of the Washington State Early Learning Fellows. She also serves on the advisory board for Whatcom Infants and Children’s Council.

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to become a central services program director/administrator. I have a great passion for and love of Early Learning. I would like to continue in my work of providing and expanding programs and creating systems where opportunities and access to equitable resources are available for all children and families. My hope is that all students regardless of race, cultural diversity, socioeconomic backgrounds, challenging conditions and special needs are provided with high quality educational opportunities, experiences and support so they can succeed and reach their highest potential.

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    Brian Hanrahan

    Current Position:
    Principal, Anacortes School District 

    Academic Background:

    • Western Washington University, Principal Certification
    • University of California, Irvine, MA, English Literature
    • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, BA, English and History

    Previous Experience:

    • Principal, Island View Elementary School, Anacortes School District
    • Dean of Students, Little Mountain Elementary School, Mount Vernon School District
    • Dean of Students, Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon School District
    • English Teacher, Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon School District

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to work with colleagues and families to ensure all students rise to their fullest potential, embrace their future, and make a difference in their communities.

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    Kurt Hatch

    Current Position:

    • Associate Director, Association of Washington School Principals
    • Instructor, St. Martin’s University – M.Ed. 653 Principles of Leadership

    Academic Background:

    • Washington State University, B.A., History
    • City University, Masters in Teaching program
    • Western Washington University, M.Ed. Educational Leadership

    Previous Experience:

    • K-6 Teacher: WA State & Shanghai, China
    • Assistant Principal: Kent
    • Principal: University Place, North Thurston

    Professional Goal:

    1. Lead a system-wide increase in racial literacy.

    2. Dismantle and/or replace inequitable systems so children’s futures are not determined by the color of skin.

    3. Make an indelible impact so loving-kindness and optimism are spread and truth unfolds as it is intended.

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    Gloria Henderson

    Current Position:
    Director of Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion, Lake Washington School District

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, M.Ed (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies)
    • City University, M.A. (Master of Arts in Teaching)
    • City University, K-8 Teaching Certification
    • Seattle Pacific University, English Language Arts 4-12 Certification
    • Armstrong Atlantic State University, B.A. (English Literature)

    Previous Experience:

    • Director of Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion (Lake Washington School District)
    • Elementary Principal (Shoreline and Marysville School Districts)
    • High School Principal, Summer Session (Marysville School District)
    • Middle School Assistant Principal (Seattle Public Schools and Marysville School District)
    • Elementary and Middle School Teacher (Marysville School District)

    Professional Goal:

    As a district and/or systems leader, my goal is to positively impact the trajectory of every student, especially students of color and those historically marginalized or under-represented.

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    William Jackson

    Current Position:
    Assistant Principal, Seattle Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • Woodring College Of Education, MIT
    • Western Washington University, B.A. , History/Social Studies
    • Woodring College Of Education, Secondary Education Certification
    • Seattle University, Principal Certification

    Previous Experience:

    • Seattle Public Schools, Assistant Principal
    • Archdiocese of Seattle, House Administrator
    • Archdiocese of Seattle, Classroom Teacher

    Educational leader, focused on building equitable systems in public education. I began at O’Dea High School,for the Archdiocese of Seattle, serving as Social Studies teacher, House Administrator, Black Student Union Advisor, and Football coach. The experiences in classroom and building leadership gave me the capacity to grow in school leadership roles, where I now serve as Assistant Principal at Nathan Hale High School, Seattle Public Schools. I have a deep passion and commitment for engaging district and building leaders in cultural responsive curriculum and project based learning, which are necessary 21st century competencies.

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to serve students and families in public education as a distrct and state leader focused on educational equity. 

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    Christina Larsen

    Current Position:

    Executive Director of Human Resources for Highline Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • Seattle Pacific University, Masters in Educational Leadership
    • Seattle Pacific University, B.A., Social Science/Elementary Education

    Previous Experience:

    Christina is the Executive Director of Human Resources for Highline Public Schools. Previous to joining central office, Christina served fifteen years as an elementary school principal and ten years teaching for Highline.

    • Executive Director of Human Resources, Highline Public Schools, 2017-Present
    • Adjunct Faculty, Western Washington University, 2018
    • Gold Star Administrator of the Year 2013 (Highline Schools Foundation)
    • Principal, Seahurst Elementary (Highline), 2006-2017
    • Principal, McMicken Heights Elementary (Highline), 2002-2006
    • Educational Assistant, Hilltop Elementary (Highline), 2001-2002
    • Reading Facilitator, McMicken Heights Elementary (Highline), 2000-2001
    • Teacher, McMicken Heights Elementary (Highline), 1993-2000
    • Teacher, Midway Elementary (Highline), 1992-1993
    • Teacher, Sylvester Middle School (Highline), 1991-1992

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to coach educators in developing their leadership potential through empowerment, development of skills, and collaborative practice. Successful positive transformation of systems begins with developing leaders who can carry out a shared vision while enabling all to utilize strengths in full contribution to realizing the vision.

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    Haydeé Lavariega

    Current Position:
    Program Director, Para Los Niños

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate
    • University of South Carolina, Master of Arts, Teaching, Literature and Linguistics
    • Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, B.A, Teaching English as a Second Language

    Previous Experience:

    • Program Director, Para Los Niños
    • Division Chair, Coastal Carolina Community College
    • Spanish Instructor, Highline College, Coastal Carolina Community College, University of South Carolina

    Professional Goal:

    I want to create waves of positive change through policies that provide equity in education by working with the most affected communities and uplifting their power.

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    Mike McCarthy

    Current Position:
    Principal, Federal Way Public Schools 

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, M.Ed. Danforth Educational Leadership Program
    • Northwest Nazarene University, B.A., English and Math Education
    • National Board Certification, Middle Level Mathematics
    • US Army Command and General Staff College, Intermediate Level Education-Common Core

    Previous Experience:

    Mike McCarthy has had unique opportunities to lead and learn during his career that began as a middle- level math teacher in the Kent School District in Washington State. Following National Board Certification, Mike moved into coaching and leadership roles as Dean  of Students, RtI Coordinator and Technology Academy Coordinator at the largest and most diverse middle school in Kent. Since graduating from the Danforth Program at the University of Washington, Mike’s formal roles in administration have included Assistant Principal in Federal Way, Washington; Principal of a Washington State Focus School turned School of Distinction in the Kent School District; and Principal of a diverse, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Candidate middle school in the Federal Way Public School system. Parallel leadership for over 20 years in the Washington Army National Guard has been a part of Mike’s leadership identity. Mike has learned much balancing teaching and administrative careers while serving his community and nation in the Armed Forces. Mike served two tours of duty in Iraq as an infantry team leader and platoon leader, he commanded a 100-Soldier contingent of Washington National Guard members at the Oso Mudslide in 2014 and is currently creating policy and developing Tsunami response plans for the State of Washington in his role at Camp Murray’s Joint Force Headquarters.

    Professional Goal:

    Mike aspires to leverage learning in a large, urban system committed to excellence in outcomes for all kids, especially for those that have been historically underserved. He will continue to disrupt systems that isolate and marginalize by drawing on a broad base of research, knowledge and community capital. He believes that collective visioning and high levels of collaboration are critical to creating the community and nation we know can exist in the future. Mike will combine irrational hope with fierce determination knowing we can make an incredible difference in our world by learning together.

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    Heather McMullen

    Current Position:
    Principal, Puyallup School District 

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership, Principal and Program Certification
    • Walden University, M.S., Reading and Literacy
    • Central Washington University, Teacher Certification
    • University of Washington, Seattle, B.A., Political Science

    Previous Experience:

    • Principal, Woodland Elementary School, Puyallup School District
    • Assistant Principal, Wildwood, Sunrise and Brouillet Elementary Schools, Puyallup School District
    • Instructional Coach and Classroom Teacher, Various School Districts

    Professional Goal:

    My mission is to be a change agent at the district or state level, ensuring high levels of learning for every student in the system. As a data-informed, equity-focused leader, I seek out the intersection where adult action impacts student learning.

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    Kelly Camak Niccolls

    Current Position:

    Assistant Principal, Tacoma Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Principal Certification
    • California State University, Fullerton, M.A. Sociology
    • California State University, San Bernardino, Secondary Teacher Certification: English
    • California State University, San Bernardino, B.A. English Literature

    Previous Experience:

    • High School English Teacher, San Bernardino & Riverside Unified School District, California
    • School Development Coach, New Tech Network
    • Assistant Principal, Tacoma Public Schools

    Professional Goal:

    I am leading in the tragic gap of what education work currently is and what it can be to best serve all students. I honor the abundance of possibility within the teachers and students she serves to reimagine teaching and learning. Driven by the relentless belief in the possible social justice of education systems, I seek the light in students and communities to cultivate schools to be the change agents we need in the world.

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    Kate O'Brien

    Current Position:
    Principal, Renton School District 

    Academic Background:

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    May Ovalles

    Current Position:

    Assistant Principal, North Hill Elementary School, Highline Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Danforth Program, Principal Certification
    • University of Washington, MEd. EDLPS
    • Michigan State University, BS, Biochemistry

    Previous Experience:

    • Math & Science Teacher - Middle School, Bellevue School District, Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools
    • Mathematics Instructional Coach, Gr 2-10 Highline Public Schools & Seattle Public Schools
    • Assistant Principal, North Hill ES, Highline Public Schools

    Professional Goal:

    I’ve had an ongoing interest in advocating for and broadening the experience of girls’ and underrepresented students’ interest in mathematics and science into their secondary school experience and onto college and career. I am interested in how to better serve our students in a more equitable manner by interrogating and when necessary, dismantling existing policies and structures that get in the way of our students and families reaching academic and life success. Recently, I’ve become more curious about how current  educational funding structures have developed over time and how might funding need to be restructured to better support and fully provide high quality schooling for all our students in Washington state and in the whole country.

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    Kathryn Peterson

    Current Position:
    Program Manager, YouthBuild 

    Academic Background:

    • Northwest Christian University, B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, ESOL K-12
    • Boston University, M.Ed., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

    Previous Experience:

    I started my career as a first grade teacher with a passion for the charter school movement. Through my work at an inner-city charter school in Boston, I interacted different non-profit organizations, eventually building and supporting some of the school’s key community partnerships. Eventually, I moved outside of the school system, leading different non-profit programs that supported K-12 students in Boston Public Schools and volunteering my time as a primary resource coordinator for Boston’s Youth Workers Alliance; a grassroots movement comprised of over 80 different community and public organizations focused on reducing youth-involved violence across the city. Since relocating to Seattle, I have been serving as the program manager for YouthCare’s YouthBuild Program, a GED and trade-readiness program serving Seattle’s homeless, formerly incarcerated, or formerly fostered youth ages 18-24. In addition, I volunteer my time as a chair member of YouthCare’s Cultural Impact Committee, leading organizational efforts to advocate for Seattle’s most vulnerable youth across various local, state, and federal agencies.

    Professional Goal:

    Professionally, my goals are to continue serving as a partner to school systems, serving youth and families in a wrap-a-round capacity, while advocating for the communities we serve at an agency and policy level. Eventually, I hope to found an educational non-profit that focuses specifically on serving youth in our school system who have been, or are currently in, the child-welfare system.

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    Marcus J. Pimpleton

    Current Position:

    Principal, Quincy High School - Quincy School District

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, M. Ed., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    • University of Washington, Principal Certification, Danforth Educational Leadership Program
    • University of Washington B.A./B.M., Music Education with Teacher Certification

    Previous Experience:

    I am currently serving as the Interim Principal of Quincy High School in the Quincy School District. Prior to this appointment, I served two years as Assistant Principal at Denny International Middle School in the Seattle and one as Assistant Principal at Interlake High  chool in Bellevue. A teacher at my core, I am in my 17th year as the Director and Program Coordinator of the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band, a summer ensemble of high school students from throughout the Greater Seattle region, and my fourth year as an Assistant Director with the University of Washington’s Husky Marching Band. Prior to beginning my administrative career, I served 14 years as the band teacher at my former middle and high schools leading those programs to regional acclaim. I pride myself on the partnerships forged with community arts organizations to expand music learning opportunities for students in underserved communities and I continue this work in my spare time as the chair of Seattle Music Partners, a non-profit organization committed to the elimination of racial and economic barriers to quality music education. My leadership in advancing the cause of equity in arts education was recognized by the Alliance for Education which awarded me the Phillip B. Swain Excellence in Teaching Award and by KCTS which awarded me a Washington State Golden Apple Award – honors I share with the many parents and community members who collaborated with me in this work.

    Outside of my work with youth, I have been extremely active facilitating adult learning for ministers and families in Seattle’s Black church community. I hold Doctorate in Religious Education and Masters of Theology degrees from the Hardy Academy of Theology and a license of ordination from Holy Temple Evangelistic Center.

    Professional Goal:

    Leveraging my personal experience as a black male struggling against institutional racism and deficit thinking, with the education and professional experience I have been blessed to receive, I seek to collaborate with allies and disenfranchised communities to identify and dismantle systems of oppression that have made it all too predictable who will achieve and who will not in our public schools. I aspire to help shift schools and school systems beyond the lip service of equity into the types of equitable practice and concrete actions that are reflective of truly anti-racist institutions.

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    Nathan D. Plummer

    Current Position:

    Principal, Sultan Middle School, Sultan School District 

    Academic Background:

    • City University, Professional Principal Certification
    • Heritage University, M. Ed. Professional Teaching Certificate
    • Eastern Washington University, BAE/ Health/Fitness K-12, Science 4-12 Certification

    Previous Experience:

    I have been in education 15 years in which I have served as a Health/Fitness teacher, Science teacher, Athletic Director, Dean of Students, High School Assistant Principal, and am now currently the proud Principal of Sultan Middle School.

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal as an equity leader is to ensure a well led system that provides quality educational programing and equitable access to all students regardless of race, socio-economic status, classification (SPED, etc.), and gender.

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    Cathy Wellington

    Current Position:

    Secondary English Curriculum Developer, Bellevue School District 

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington, Danforth Educational Leadership, Principal and Program Administrator Certificate
    • City University, Seattle, Master’s in Education, Educational Technology
    • Whitworth University, Spokane, Bachelor of Arts English and Secondary Education

    Previous Experience:

    I am currently serving as the Secondary English Curriculum Developer for the Bellevue School District. Prior to this role, I was a building-based instructional coach, a district curriculum coach, and a high school English teacher in Bellevue, Issaquah, and Longview, WA as well as an English teacher K-9th grade in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to provide leadership ensuring an equitable and excellent education for all students. I want to learn how to increase my sphere of influence, to become smarter about levers for change, to learn about managing and allocating resources to provide equitable learning and how to lead a district to meet the needs of all students.

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    Julie van Wijk

    Current Position:

    Principal, Panther Lake Elementary, Federal Way Public Schools

    Academic Background:

    • University of Washington Tacoma, School Administration Certification
    • Nova Southeastern University, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
    • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. French Language and Literature

    Previous Experience:

    • Principal, Panther Lake Elementary School, Federal Way Public Schools
    • Assistant Principal, Issaquah High School, Issaquah School District
    • Assistant Principal, Kentlake High School, Kent School District
    • French Teacher/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator, Kent Meridian
    • High School, Kent School District
    • French Teacher, Amarillo High School, Amarillo Independent School District

    Professional Goal:

    My professional goal is to lead for systems-level change at the central office level to ensure equitable opportunities for all students in Washington State. I am most passionate about leading in service of English Language Learners, who remain marginalized in our public schools.

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