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

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Teacher Development

Highline's Teacher Development Team is committed to design and implement programs that support professional growth at the beginning stages of teachers’ careers and beyond.

Highline Teaching & Learning Resource Center

Types of Support

New-to-Career Teacher Support

Highline Peer Mentors work in a variety of manners to support new to career teachers in growing their culturally responsive and instructional practices and building relationships with students through strong classroom management strategies and practices.  All Peer Mentors are trainers of trainers of Danielson to support the Professional Growth and Evaluation process.

Peer Mentors offer one-to-one coaching and instructional planning support sessions, professional development throughout the course of the school year on just in time and relevant topics.

Second-Year Teacher Support: Project GLAD

Project GLAD is a researched-based approach to developing academic language and literacy for all students, especially English language learners.   GLAD strategies serve to “shelter” instruction so that all levels of language learners are able to access to core content while developing language and literacy. More information on Project GLAD.

National Board and ESA National Certification

The Teacher Development team is committed to supporting teachers through their continued growth and pursuit of excellence. Our team is ready to assist all teachers as they engage in National Board certification and renewal of ESA National Certifications.

Here is a list of approved certifications:

Employee Agency Certification
SLPs ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
Psychologists NASP Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
OTs NBCOT National Board of Certification in Occupation Therapy (NBCOT)
PTs ABPTS American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
Nurses NBCSN National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN)
Social Workers C-SSWS or LICSW Certified School Social Work Specialist (C-SSWS) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Mentor and Liaison Overview

Please see below for the outline of supports for new to the career teachers and new to district teachers.

 

Team Members

Deena Russo

Deena Russo, Director of Professional Learning

Email: deena.russo@highlineschools.org

Deena provides direct supervision of, and vision for, our professional learning model for instructional staff. She ensures that all new to career teachers have the support of highly skilled mentor teachers and the professional learning they need to have a successful start to their careers in Highline. Additionally, Deena ensures that classified instructional staff have opportunities for relevant, ongoing professional learning. Deena is committed to supporting all instructional staff in their professional growth as it relates to career development and opportunities for continued learning. Contact Deena to learn more about Highline’s vision and strategies for working with new to career teachers and certification pathways for para-educators.

Damaris Amaya

Damaris Amaya, Language Learning Administrative Secretary

Email: damaris.amaya@highlineschools.org

Damaris is the administrative secretary for the Professional Learning department. Damaris supports Peer Mentor, Bilingual Teaching Fellow, National Board for Teachers and ESA, and Para-Cert programs. Please contact Damaris for questions or support with administrative tasks such as calendars and events, extra service, travel and conferences.

Tina Irish

Tina Irish, Peer Mentor 

Email: tina.irish@highlineschools.org

Tina supports new-to-career teachers in service of equity for all students and teachers. She provides mentorship around culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, standards-based instruction, assessments, classroom culture and environment, professional growth and evaluation, and insight around being a new-to-career teacher.   

Tina also coordinates and supports mentors for new-to-career ESAs.

Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn, Peer Mentor

Email: richard.dunn@highlineschools.org

Richard supports new-to-career teachers in service of equity for all students and teachers. He provides mentorship around culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, standards-based instruction, assessments, classroom culture and environment, professional growth and evaluation, and insight around being a new-to-career teacher.    

Richard is a program facilitator for the Woodring Highline Bilingual Teaching Fellow program. Contact Richard for information about the Bilingual Teaching Fellowship. Richard is also a National Board facilitator. 

James Dyer

James Dyer, Peer Mentor

Email: james.dyer@highlineschools.org

James supports new-to-career teachers in service of equity for all students and teachers. He provides mentorship around culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, standards-based instruction, assessments, classroom culture and environment, professional growth and evaluation, and insight around being a new-to-career teacher.

James also supports Canvas course development and management and oversees the Danielson instructional-framework trainings for new and new to district teachers.

Barbara Edwards

Barbara Edwards, Peer Mentor

Email: barbara.edwards@highlineschools.org

Barbara supports new-to-career teachers in service of equity for all students and teachers. She provides mentorship around culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, standards-based instruction, assessments, classroom culture and environment, professional growth and evaluation, and insight around being a new-to-career teacher.   

Barbara also supports candidates engaged in the process of becoming National Board certified.  She coordinates a facilitated program to support teachers through each step of this challenging, yet rewarding process.

CHRISTINA SMITH

Christina Smith, Peer Mentor

Email: christina.smith@highlineschools.org

Christina supports new- to-career teachers in service of equity for all students and teachers. She provides mentorship around culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, standards-based instruction, assessments, classroom culture and environment, professional growth and evaluation, and insight around being a new-to-career teacher.