Our 2017 teacher leader cadre represents a diverse mix of grade levels, subject areas and districts from eight of the nine ESD regions in Washington state. The 2017 cadre also includes 12 teachers of color, 6 LQBTQ teachers, and 15 teachers who were first in their family to graduate college.
On Saturday, January 7, this group of 44 amazing educators came together at Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to kick off the year and learn about their new role as Washington State Teacher Leaders.
PSESD and Ready Washington believe that teacher leadership is essential for successful large-scale systemic changes in education, such as college and career ready learning standards, and teacher and principal evaluation. In 2016 we expanded our teacher voices network from the Puget Sound region across Washington State.
We view the Washington State Learning standards and assessments (including Common Core and Next Generation Science and Smarter Balanced) and the state’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) as interrelated components that have the potential to elevate the teaching profession and ensure all students are prepared for life after high school.
What originally began in 2013 as a cadre of accomplished teacher leaders from the Puget Sound region blogging about their classroom experiences and instructional practices has expanded to all nine ESD regions in the state. In partnership with Ready Washington, and funded through a generous grant from College Spark Washington, PSESD is excited to build upon work done by Puget Sound Teacher Leaders who have been blogging through the CORElaborate Website and tweeting (#WATeachLead and #TPEPchat) about standards-aligned practice.
After a competitive application process, PSESD and Ready Washington hired the 44 teacher leaders to continue working to amplify teacher voice, accelerate implementation and understanding of learning and teaching standards through teacher dialogue via social media, and raise awareness among communities about the amazing teaching and learning happening every day in public education classrooms. In addition to monthly blog posts, teachers host and participate in two PSESD supported Twitter chats each month.
Through their social media platforms and professional learning networks, Washington State Teacher Leaders share their learnings and resources about college and career ready learning standards and assessments, and educator evaluation with other teachers across the region and nation.
2017 Washington State Teacher Leaders
|ESD||First Name||Last Name||District||Twitter handle|
|101||Jennifer||Hargrave||Davenport School District||@gozags2001|
|101||Johanna||Brown||Pullman School District||@johannabrown|
|112||Debbie||Webb||Ocean Beach School District #101||@DebWebb100|
|112||Erin||Lark||Evergreen Public Schools||@larkscience|
|113||Joanna||Barnes||North Thurston School District||@maestrabarnes|
|114||Alfonso||Gonzalez||Chimacum School District||@educatoral|
|121||Alisa||Louie||Auburn School District||@alisalouie|
|121||Brooke||Perry||Kent School District||@brookster29|
|121||Rachel||Wiley||Puyallup School District||@wildnfreewiley|
|121||Scott||Cleary||Kent School District||@clearyteacher|
|123||Carina||Stillman||Prescott School District||@carina_stillman|
|123||Nicole||Abel||Waitsburg School District||@abel_aged|
|189||Alissa||Brazil||Mukilteo School District||@ac3brazil|
|189||Elizabeth||Loftus||Oak Harbor School District||@Liz_LoftusTeach|
|ESD||First Name||Last Name||District||Twitter Handle|
|101||Emily||Rosenberger||Deer Park School District||@ERosenberger78|
|112||William||Marsh||Evergreen (Clark County)||@Robcat17|
|113||Heather||Sisson||North Thurston Public Schools||@HeatherSisson4|
|114||Lara||Richardson||Central Kitsap School District||@hawkskhaleesi|
|121||Autumn||Ottenad||Issaquah School District||@ssseason7|
|121||Evin||Shinn||Seattle School District||@baritoneblogger|
|121||Jill||Jacobs||Kent School District 415||@MathIsKewl|
|121||Melissa||Wrenchey||Lake Washington School District||@wrenchey|
|121||Saraswati||Noel||Seattle School District||@saraswatinoel|
|189||Evon||Xu||Snohomish School District||@evon_xu|
|189||Kati||Tilley||Lake Stevens School District #4||@mrs_tilley|
We look forward to engaging teachers across the region and beyond. For more information, please visit www.corelaboratewa.org.