Current Board Members with Terms

Ernesto Araiza is a principal in the Yakima School District.
Term one: 8.12.2015 to 6.30.2018

Randy Dorn is the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Term: Ex-Officio

Colleen Fairchild is a third grade teacher in the North Kitsap School District.
Term two: 2.18.2014 to 9.30.2017

Aurora Flores is a school board member for the Manson School District and school counselor in the Omak School District
Term one: 8.12.2015 to 6.30.2018

Molly Hamaker-Teals is an assistant principal in the Kennewick School District.
Term two: 2.18.2015 to 6.30.2017
Takiyah Jackson is a school counselor in the Seattle School District.
Term two: 7/1/14 to 6/30/18

Ron Jacobson
is Dean of the School of Education, Northwest University.
Term one: 9/16/2014 to 6/30/2018

Damien Pattenaude is Chief Academic Officer in the Renton School District.
Term two: 8.12.2015 to 6.30.2019

Tammie Schrader is a regional science coordinator at Educational Service District 101.
Term one: 2/19/2014 to 9/30/2017

Luke Thomas is a National Board Certified Teacher endorsed in social studies and Spanish in the Mead School District.
Term two: 8.12.2015 to 6.30.2019

Rina York is a science teacher in the Sumner School District.
Term one: 8.12.2015 to 6.30.2018

Two Vacancies

Message from the Chair

Parents in Washington will tell you that the most important work in the state is educating their children. Business leaders will tell you that students must be better prepared to take their place in a competitive workforce. Students will tell you they are more likely to be engaged in their learning if their teacher knows the subject area well and brings it alive in the classroom.

We agree. As members of the Professional Educator Standards Board, there are statements about the reform of education and the significance of the profession that we can make with certainty and assurance. Teaching matters. Leadership counts. Setting clear and high standards will help all children achieve at higher levels, but it is skilled educators who make it happen. We continue to affirm this as the result of research and discovery, discussion and deliberation.

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is responsible for setting and upholding high standards for the profession, ensuring that students encounter high-quality educators throughout their school experience. This deliberative body fulfills the state's intent for the profession to be self-governing, with a composition primarily of practicing educators and administrators joined by representatives from educator preparation programs, parents and citizens.

Molly Hamaker-Teals
PESB Chair and Assistant Principal in the Kennewick School District