Puget Sound Educational Service District (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. That’s why in 2016 PSESD is expanding its teacher voices network from the Puget Sound region to statewide.

PSESD views the implementation of the standards and assessments (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 two years ago 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 have hired 31 new teacher leaders to continue working to accelerate implementation of new learning and teaching standards through teacher dialogue via social media. 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 will share their learnings and resources about college and career ready learning standards and assessments, and educator evaluation with other teachers across the region.

PSESD’s 2016 cadre represents a diverse mix of grade levels, subject areas and districts from every ESD region in Washington state. The 2016 cadre is:

2016 Washington State Teacher Leaders

ESD First Name Last Name District
101 Aaron Brecek Spokane Public Schools
101 Alecia McAdams-Sing Nine Mile Falls School District
101 Johanna Brown Pullman School District
105 Patricia Gustin Selah School District
112 Debbie Webb Ocean Beach School District
112 Robert Mattson Camas School District
113 Elizabeth Johnston Shelton School District
114 Alfonso Gonzalez Chimacum School District
114 Krista Winn Port Angeles School District
121 Alisa Louie Auburn School District
121 Douglas Ferguson Kent School District
121 Francis Jequinto Tahoma School District
121 Jillyan Escalera Auburn School District
121 Kristin Leong Bellevue School District
121 Mary Moser Clover Park School District
121 Scott Cleary Kent School District
123 Brendan Johnson Asotin-Anatone School District
123 Carina Stillman Prescott School District
171 Patty Reed Moses Lake School District
189 Thomas White Edmonds School District
ESD First Name Last Name District
101 Jennifer Hargrave Davenport School District
112 Erin Lark Evergreen Public Schools
113 Justin Mckaughan Tuwmater
121 Aron Early Bellevue
121 Bryan Wanzer Mercer Island School District
121 Debra Aldous Tukwila
121 Evin Shinn Seattle School District
121 Saraswati Noel Seattle School District
123 Le’Andra Myers Kennewick School District
171 Stephanie Gabriel Moses Lake School District
189 Susan Smith Ferndale School District

For more information, please visit www.corelaboratewa.org.