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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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About Us

Barbara Edwards: Barbara is a National Board Certified Teacher, NBCT in Early Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading, Language Arts. She certified in 2006. Barbara has been a National Board Facilitator since 2007. She Facilitates Cohorts and Classes for Highline Public Schools, and has been a guest Facilitator and Speaker for Pacific Lutheran University, University of Washington, and WEA's Jump Start and Home Stretch. She also served as an Assessor for National Boards in EMC/LIT, and English as a New Language, ENL. She is an NBCT Ambassador for OSPI. She earned her B.A. in Teaching from Central University, her M.Ed in Literacy from City University and her ELL and TESOL endorsement from Seattle Pacific University and Washington Academy of Language. Barbara is also a ProTeach Facilitator for Seattle Pacific University. Barbara is also a Danielson Framework trainer. Barbara is the OSPI National Boards Regional Coordinator. 

Christina Smith: Christina (she/her) is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood/Young Adult Exceptional Needs Specialist. She certified in 2013 while teaching at Beverly Park in the Intensive Academic Center for intermediate grades. She attributes her success in achieving certification to the cohort model, Highline facilitators, and her camera ready students. She earned her B.A. in Classics at the University of Washington, sadly never appearing as a talking head on the History channel. After working for two years as a paraeducator in the Lake Washington School district, she returned to UW to earn her M.Ed. in Special Education in 2009. Christina currently works as a Peer Mentor supporting novice teachers in Special Education.

Brad Thew: Brad is a National Board Certified Teacher, Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts. Brad is a humanities teacher at Raisbeck Aviation High School and coaches the RAHS speech and debate program. He serves as the state secretary of the Washington State Forensic Association, was the recipient of the Thomas S. Foley Ambassador’s Award for Excellence in Forensic Education, and was the 2020 Washington State Speech and Debate Coach of the Year. He earned his BAE in Social Studies Education, BA in History, and PostBac English credential from Eastern Washington University and completed an M.Ed. Instructional Design in 2015. He is new to Highline, teaching at Seattle Academy and Central Valley HS (Spokane) previously, where he served as an Eastern Washington Uniserv Council executive board member, a CVEA building rep, speech and debate director, Guaranteed Viable Curriculum committee member, and Instructional Materials Committee member.

Lauren MonroeLauren is a National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist. She certified in 2008. She has been facilitating cohorts in Highline since 2009. Lauren was born and raised in California. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of Redlands and her Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education from Santa Clara University. Lauren has been teaching at Mount View Elementary since 2003. She currently works as a Reading Specialist at Mount View and is passionate about reading Instruction and the workshop model. She has two young sons at home who keep her very busy. Lauren firmly believes in the National Board process. It transformed her teaching and has had a lasting impact.  

Nadia Counter: Nadia is a National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Level Math. She certified in 2014. She has been facilitating cohorts in Highline since 2017. Nadia earned her B.A. in Communications with majors in Broadcast Management, Broadcast News, Journalism and Public Relations with minors in Business and Women’s Studies from Washington State University. Nadia earned her teaching certificate from Seattle Pacific University and her masters in Exercise and Sports Leadership also from Seattle Pacific University. Nadia completed both her ProCert and National Boards. She has been teaching at Cascade Middles School for over 12 years in the Math Department. Nadia is very excited to begin her journey as a national board facilitator as she feels the process helped improve her practice.

Nathan Lommen: Nate is a National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescent Mathematics, certifying in 2014. Nate holds a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Education from National University in San Diego and has a B.A. Double Major in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Washington. Nate's commitment to Highline students began in 2005 as a bilingual para-educator straight out of college--he split his day at Highline High and Madrona elementary. He spent the next 6 years teaching High School Mathematics and AVID in southern California before returning to Highline, and working at Cascade Middle, where he has taught mathematics since 2013. His new passion projects at Cascade include rebuilding a Woodshop program, coaching basketball, and teaching Dual Language math in Spanish.

Sandy Gady: Sandy is a National Board Certified Teacher, in Early Adolescence Science. She certified in 2006. Sandy has been a National Board Facilitator since 2007. She Facilitates Cohorts and Classes for Highline Public Schools, and has been a guest Facilitator for the University of Washington, and WEA's Jump Start and Home Stretch. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Washington University, Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University and her CTE certification from Central Washington University. Sandy has been teaching since 1992. She teaches Design and Engineering at Pacific Middle School. Her students have placed internationally at the Future City National Competition in Washington, D.C., she is the recipient of the $10,000 Highline Foundation Impact Grant for work with girls and STEM/Maker Faire experiences, and has been a keynote presenter at state and national STEM conferences.

Catherine Gustafson: Catherine is a National Board Certified Teacher, in Early Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading, Language Arts. She certified in 2010. Catherine loves teaching Third Grade and has been in the Highline School District all of her life having graduated from Highline High School. Her teaching career began in 1996. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education and Early Childhood Education at Central Washington University. Her Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Education was earned through Lesley College.

JaneEllen FloodeenJaneEllen is a National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist. She certified in 2010. Jane Ellen teaches Sixth Grade, and has been in Highline School District since 1996. She earned her B.A. and Teaching Certificate from Seattle Pacific University, and her M.Ed. from City University.

Jacob SavishinskyJacob completed his National Board Certification in AYA Social Studies in 2008. He began facilitating cohorts in 2012, became a Washington State National Board Ambassador in 2014, and recently completed development of a cohort-based online National Board candidate support program for Pacific Lutheran University, focusing on Component 2 for all available certificate areas. Jacob is a founding staff member of Raisbeck Aviation High School. Before coming to Highline, he worked in Seattle at Garfield High School and John Marshall High School, and in juvenile detention education programs for King County. Jacob is a professional development consultant and trainer, focused on project-based learning, and enjoys working with educators as lifelong learners. 

Sandra Hunt: Sandra is a National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist. She certified in 2006. She has been a National Board Facilitator since 2010 and has taught in HPS since 2001. Prior to that she was an auxiliary faculty member at the U.W. and at Kasetsart University (Bangkok, Thailand) where she taught in the MBA program. Sandy is an ELL/DL Facilitator at Madrona Elementary. She is also the Highline Education Association Vice-President and a member of the Washington Education Association Board of Directors. Sandy is a dawg, having earned all her degrees including a Ph.D. in Speech Communication (1996) from the University of Washington. She speaks Thai every chance she gets (which is typically when ordering take-out), but is currently trying to recapture her Spanish. Sandy has several publications but be careful if you google her as there are several Sandra L. Hunt's out there!

Richard Coker: Rich is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent/Young Adult Social Studies. He certified in 2013 while teaching at Clover Park High School, where the collaborative cohort process and mentorship significantly contributed in developing and improving his practice. He has come full circle by earning his Master’s in Teaching at The Evergreen State College in 2008. and is currently teaching at Evergreen High School.

Laura Lee Walrond: Laura is a National Board Certified Teacher, Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts. She certified in 2001 and re-certified in 2011. She has worked as adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University as well as City University and has worked in HPS since 2002. She has served the students and teachers of Highline as an instructional coach, literacy specialist and a teacher for high school Language Arts and Social Studies. She earned her ELL Certification with Seattle University, BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in History and Geography via California State University, and her Master’s Degree from City University in Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently Laura completed her CTE Certification coursework and shepherded a new framework through OSPI’s authorization process, so that she can anchor the new, preparatory Teaching Academy for HPS.