I teach Traffic Safety Education for Burlington-Edison High School and Sedro-Woolley School District. I am also a licensed Driver Training School (DTS) Instructor/Trainer through the DOL.
As the WTSEA Board Member Representative for Project 1635 Stakeholders Group, I am working with others in Olympia to help with the implementation process. HB 1635 allows voluntary participation of Public School and Commercial Driver Training Schools to administer the final Knowledge and Skills Test for first time Licenses at their school location. If you would like more information on HB 1635, please consider signing up for the latest news updates from the DOL List- serve at DOL1635Pro@DOL.WA.GOV
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WTSEA Presdent-Elect/Web Master, David Spencer
My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries from Western Baptist College, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education from Washington State University, and a Masters of Education from Seattle Pacific University.
I have been teaching for nine years and my teaching assignments have included Traffic Safety, AP U.S. History, U.S. History, Civics and History of Thought at Othello High School. In 2011, after a fifteen year absence, I had the great fortune to reconnect with "the one that got away," and in 2012 Sarah and I were married. Whenever I get some time to myself, I love to take my stepsons fishing.
I graduated from central in 1973 with a BA in Special Education and then in 1991 I got a Masters of Education from Lesley college. I have just retired this year from Lake Stevens High school after 38 years of teaching. I still plan on teaching Traffic Safety at Lake Stevens and coaching girls tennis at Granite Falls High School.
I have been married for 33 years to Susan, we have two children, Krysta (24) and Eric (21). Eric will be starting at the UW this fall.
I feel very lucky to have been on the WTSEA board for the past 16 years and it has been an honor to serve as the President for the past 4 years.
Central Washington Board Representative, Scott Calahan
I teach a variety of courses for the Industrial & Engineering Technology department as well as coordinate the Traffic Safety and Technology Education programs at Central Washington University. Prior to coming to CWU, I taught traffic safety in five different school districts.
I am truly blessed to be involved with the traffic safety community. Traffic safety educators are some of the most dedicated professionals I have been associated with.
Officers Appointed by Executive Board
WTSEA Membership Secretary, Alex Hansen
I’ve taught Traffic Safety Education since 1987 in both commercial and public schools. I served as the OSPI Regional Traffic Safety Coordinator for western Washington before the legislature eliminated the funding in 2002. Currently, I teach 7th grade at Eatonville Middle School, and I’m the TSE Coordinator and lead TSE instructor at Eatonville High School.
During the summers, I am an adjunct professor at Central Washington University teaching the courses for obtaining a TSE teacher endorsement. I’ve been a board member of the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association since 1989, and I frequently present at TSE workshops and conferences. I have served on many state committees dealing with TSE policy and standards. Additionally, I have served as an expert witness, and as a consultant for TSE teacher training and curriculum. I have a special passion for parent involvement as a key to making our TSE instruction effective and lasting.
WTSEA Treasurer, Skeet Gaul
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in History and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I retired from public school instruction in 2008, after 36-years. I received my Washington State certification in TSE through Scott Calahan at Central Washington University in 1998.
I currently work for the Arlington School District TSE program and Margo’s Safety-1 commercial driving school. I am certified to instruct both Classroom and Behind the Wheel. I have served the past year as the WTSEA Treasurer.
My wife and best friend, Teri, is the Business Operations Manager for an Engineering firm in Everett and she continuously helps me understand various computer software operations in my work for WTSEA. We enjoy our children as well as traveling and exploring places together.
In addition to my work in TSE, I love to play golf, read and do things in which I can learn. I am a lifelong learner and I am always open to new ideas.
Officers Elected by Educational Service Districts
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 101, Spokane, *Vacant
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 105, Yakima, *Vacant
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 121, Renton, *Vacant
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 123, Pasco, *Vacant
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 113, Dave Slipp
I retired from the U.S. Army in 1995, graduated from St. Martin’s University in 1999 with a degree in K-8 Education and endorsements in Instructional Technology and Traffic Safety.
I have taught Traffic Safety for Alexis Driving School (now closed) and Tumwater SD since 1999. I currently work for ESD 113 teaching at both Black Hills and Tumwater High Schools. Best job every—I’m having too much fun!
I married my wife Patty who is from Mazatlan Mexico in 2005. She became a US Citizen in December 2010. We try to spend one to two months a year in Mazatlan.
My wife and I enjoy gardening and garage sales. I also enjoy wood working and automotive work. My garage is larger than my house.
I truly enjoy being able to help shape the Washington State Traffic Safety program towards being one of the best in the nation.
I have a degree in horticulture. My love for bicycle riding led to my owning ‘The Bike Peddler’, a bike shop in Silverdale. In 1999, I closed the store and got my master’s degree in teaching. I taught 4th and 5th grades for 4 years. I am currently teaching high school math as a substitute, mostly at North Kitsap School District.
In 2009, I earned certification for behind the wheel instruction. I currently drive for Kingston and North Kitsap High Schools, where I know many of the students from my substitute experience. I love BTW instruction, but it’s an awesome responsibility.
I still enjoy Bicycle riding. Every summer I get in great shape riding all over Olympic Peninsula including up into the mountains on the logging roads.
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 171, Yusuf Quidwai
I grew up in Kersey, Colorado on a farm where I enjoyed farming corn, sugar-beat and cows. After graduating from Platte Valley High School in Kersey I went on to attend Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where I majored in Chemical and Petroleum Refining. After graduation I worked in an oil refinery and mine; however I disliked that career path and soon moved to Cheney, Washington to attend Eastern Washington State College (now University) and pursue a career in education that I've thoroughly enjoyed through several different positions.
After retiring from the Omak School District, I have continued to teach Traffic Safety Education in Omak, Bridgeport, Oroville and Coulee School Districts and run a private Driving School with my wife in Okanogan, Washington.
I have had consistent involvement in the Washington State Traffic Safety Association as well as the Montana Traffic Safety Association for over 25 years. I would like to see Traffic Safety Education placed back into the public schools, as it is the only place where every child has an equal opportunity to gain exposure and reinforcement of good driving skills and habits regardless of socioeconomic status. I continue to enjoy teaching and the satisfaction associated with knowing that I have been part of young people’s most important activity – driving. As they leave the program, I hope that the education received in the Traffic Safety Education Program will keep them safe and accident/ticket free for life.
I am married to my wife of 28 years, Kathy Quidwai; we have one daughter and a 5 year old granddaughter that is the love and joy of our family.
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 189, Garry Swartz
I am a graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and have a Traffic Safety Endorsement from Central Washington University. Currently I am employed as a math teacher at Stanwood-Camano School District for my 32nd year.
I have been teaching Traffic Safety Education classes at Burlington-Edison High School and BTW at Sedro-Woolley School District for a number of years.
Deb is my life. My daughter, Lea is an Oral Surgical Assistant and has given me my first granddaughter, Kaydence who is in 2nd grade. Carey my youngest daughter is a 2nd grade Elementary Teacher. I am very proud of all of them and their accomplishments.
WTSEA Board Member for ESD 112,
After earning my Associate’s Degree in New York, I moved to Washington and earned my BA at Evergreen State College in 99. My major was Political Science/Economy & Environmental Studies. In 2011 I received my Conditional Classroom Certificate through CWU.
I’ve had many jobs. I began as a Yellow Cab Driver, Shuttle Express Driver as well as Driver Trainer and Dispatcher. Since then and up till present, I’ve had several Driver and Driver Trainer positions from Oregon to Seattle. At present, I’m a TSE Instructor for ESD 113 and the Alexis Driving School.
In addition to my interests in TSE, I have played bass Guitar in various bands, for years. I like Jazz. I currently serve as voluntary Community Radio Broadcaster for KA OS-89.3 FM, Olympia. My show is called “Jazz With Fred".
* To ensure a full board, the WTSEA Executive Board reserves the right to appoint an Interim Board Member for a vacant district, until the next election takes place. Requesting nominations to fill all vacancies. Please click Nomination of Board Members below.