Washington Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC)

Mission & Vision
The Washington Teacher Advisory Council is the voice of accomplished teachers advocating for student success. We inform education decisions and influence policy, promoting equity and excellence for all.

Who We Are
WATAC is made up of the current Teachers of the Year and four alumni Teachers of the Year. We represent all of the state’s Educational Service Districts and wide array of teacher experiences and expertise. Current WATAC members are:

Sue Barnard, ESD 113, Choice Alternative High School, Shelton
Omar Escalera, ESD 123, McLoughlin Middle School, Pasco
Dave Gamon, Northeast ESD 101, Northwood Middle School, Mead
Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, Puget Sound ESD 121, Lincoln High School, Tacoma
Theresa Holland-Schmid, ESD 114, Kingston High School, North Kitsap
Ashley Leneway, North Central ESD 171, Morgen Owings Elementary, Lake Chelan
Alecia McAdams-Sing, Northeast ESD 101, Lakeside High School, Nine Mile Falls
Bethany Rivard, ESD 112, Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver
Maegan Skoubo, ESD 113, Raymond Junior Senior High School, Raymond
Joyce Stark, ESD 105, Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside
Lyon Terry, Puget Sound ESD 121, Lawton Elementary, Seattle
Jeff Wehr, Northeast ESD 101, Odessa High School, Odessa
Michael Werner, Northwest ESD 189, Granite Falls High School, Granite Falls

What We Do
WATAC members write, speak, and advise decision makers on education. Our work for 2016 is focused on three policy priorities:

  • Higher Education Integration
  • Professional Learning
  • Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, and Retention

WATAC publishes “From Seed to Apple,” an annual collection of stories from the classroom, and manages a speakers’ bureau of award-winning teachers. Contact Hilary Seidel for more information.

Washington Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC) is a project of the Washington State Teacher of the Year program, which is administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). It was founded with a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The teachers in WATAC speak with independent voices. Their opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints do not necessarily reflect, nor are they influenced by, the state superintendent or staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.




   Updated 1/5/2016

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