Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) believes that teacher leadership is essential for successful large-scale systemic changes in education. To move beyond seeing Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs), and the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) as separate and discrete initiatives and instead view them as necessary, interrelated components that have the potential to elevate the teaching profession and ensure all students are college and career ready PSESD has expanded it’s cadre of teacher leaders for 2015.
On Saturday, January 3, 25 accomplished teacher leaders gathered for the 2015 Puget Sound Teacher Leader kick off. After a competitive hiring process PSESD hired 15 new teacher leaders to join 10 returning teacher leaders to continue working to accelerate implementation of new learning and new teaching standards through teacher dialogue via social media.
Puget Sound Teacher Leaders blog and tweet about their experiences, instructional practices and their successes in the classroom specifically related to Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and TPEP. In addition to monthly blog posts, teachers host and participate in two PSESD supported Twitter Chats each month.
Each teacher leader will receive in-depth professional development in the Literacy Design Collaborative, a unit planning framework aligned to the English Language Arts Common Core, which supports literacy instruction across disciplines. Through their social media platforms, and through their professional learning networks in their own buildings and districts, Puget Sound Teacher Leaders will share their learnings and resources with teachers across the region.
Our 2015 cadre represents a diverse mix of grade levels, subject areas and districts.
|First||Last||Twitter handle||District||Job Role|
|Alisa||Louie||@alisalouie||Auburn||2nd Grade Teacher|
|Nathan||Lemanski||@NLemanski||Auburn||9/10th grade Language Arts Teacher|
|Kristin||Leong||@kristinleong||Bellevue||6-8 Middle Level Humanities Teacher|
|Tom||Hathorn||@thathorn||Bethel||TOSA (Science & Math Specialist)|
|Mary||Moser||@mmoser||Clover Park||Library Media Specialist|
|Tom||White||@tomjoewhite||Edmonds||4th Grade Teacher|
|Carly||Hancock||@ICoachCarly||Federal Way||K-5 Instructional Coach|
|John||Hines||@jhhines57||Federal Way||11-12th Teacher/AVID Coordinator|
|Shannon||Houghton||@MsHoughton||Federal Way||2nd Grade HICAP Teacher|
|Crystal||Gifford||@msfresconyc||Highline||7-8th grade Teacher|
|Nancy||Carroll||@nancycarroll||Highline||Special Education Teacher (LRC)|
|Anjuli||Johnston||@anjulijohnston||Issaquah||4/5th Grade Teacher|
|Brooke||Carlyle||@brookster29||Kent||6th grade Teacher|
|Douglas||Ferguson||@DaskalosDouglas||Kent||2nd-6th STEM Specialist|
|Hallie||Mills||@halliesmills||Kent||4th grade teacher|
|Kjellaug||Rowe||@Teachem2Reachem||Kent||Mentor Program Specialist (TOSA)|
|Kelly||Pruitt||@kellyjpruitt||Peninsula||Intervention Specialist/Instructional Coach|
|Evin||Shinn||@baritoneblogger||Seattle||High School SS/LA Teacher|
|Emily||Wojciechowicz||@emilywojo3||Sumner||9-12 English Teacher|
|Lindsey||Stevens||@lindseylee253||Sumner||SS and ELA Teacher|
|Delonna||Halliday||@delonna||Tacoma||Facilitator for Innovative Technologies|
We look forward to engaging teachers across the region and beyond.