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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.

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
PTs ABPTS American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
Nurses NBCSN National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN)
Social Workers NASW NASW Professional Social Work Credentials

Team Members

Kathy Emerick

Kathy Emerick, Director of Teacher Initiatives

Email: kathy.emerick@highlineschools.org

Kathy provides direct supervision of, and vision for, all elements of the teacher development PreK-12 grade.  She ensures that all new to career teachers have the support of highly capable mentor teachers and the professional learning they need to have a successful start to their careers in Highline.  Kathy is committed to supporting all teachers in their professional growth as it relates to career development and opportunities for continued learning. Contact Kathy to learn more about Highline’s vision and strategies for working with new to career teachers.

Paul Didier

Paul Didier, Peer Mentor

Email: paul.didier@highlineschools.org

Paul 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 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 Le

Christina Le, Peer Mentor

Email: christina.le@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.