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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Woodring Inclusive education Teaching scholars


The Woodring Inclusive Education Teaching Scholars (WIETS) program is a partnership between Highline Public Schools and Western Washington University (WWU). The program supports Highline paraprofessionals to become dually certificated teachers with special education and elementary education endorsements.


The program is available to current Highline employees who hold a minimum of:

  • deep understanding of Highline's Special Education programs
  • a transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree or higher
  • proof of basic skills 


WIETS are placed in schools throughout Highline Public Schools.


Our first WIETS cohort started in 2020. We are currently recruiting for our second cohort to start in June 2022! 


WIETS is a part of a region-wide Grow-Your-Own initiative to diversify the workforce and provide alternative routes to teaching for our current district employees.

The program is designed to support our staff in delivering Our Promise: EVERY STUDENT in Highline Public Schools is known by namestrength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose. 


WIETS work full time in paraprofessional roles, maintaining regular salary and benefits. Through their work as paraprofessionals, they practice and deepen their study with WWU’s Woodring College of Education. Courses are held locally and online.


An $8,000/year conditional scholarship covers most of the tuition, leaving participants to pay remaining tuition and other fees. Students may be offered admission with or without a conditional loan scholarship. Additional financial aid opportunities may be available to students through WWU.


Applications for the next cohort will be available by the start of November!

Question? Send us an email or call us at 206-631-3008.


Shirley Siloi
HR Recruitment & Retention Specialist

Gaye Bungart
Pre-K & Elementary Programs

Darren Spencer
Secondary & Transition Programs