Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum & Instruction is responsible for programs and initiatives designed to improve instruction and student learning. Curriculum & Instruction is foundational work of the Teaching, Learning & Leadership department which is deeply committed to ensure student success leading to college and career readiness.

Technology in the Classroom

We are committed to offering student-centered learning environments by providing innovative classroom environments and leveraging digital tools. We believe this is powerful because:

  • It teaches and prepares students to be digital and media literate 
  • Technology can both help recover and accelerate student progress.
  • Students can continue their learning during class time, extended time, or outside the school day.
  • Technology can drive lessons or practice directly at each individual student's level.
  • Employing the correct tools in a strong instructional model can lead to better personalization, differentiation, and therefore student achievement.

Digital Tools



Meet Our Teaching, Learning & Leadership Team

Susanne Jerde
Chief Academic Officer

Cheryl Schindel
Executive Assistant

Bernard Koontz
Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership - Language Learning, CTE, Secondary Initiatives, Secondary Success and College and Career Readiness, Arts, Health and Fitness

Jenniffer Reinig
Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership - Special Education, PreK/Elementary Success, Social Emotional Learning, Highly Capable Programming

Rebekah Kim
Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership - Data and Assessment, Personalized Learning and Differentiation 

Ben Gauyan
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Cascade, CHOICE Academy, Evergreen, New Start, PSSC, Raisbeck Aviation, STEPS, Sylvester, VITAL, Waskowitz, WELS

Laurie Morrison
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Beverly Park, Cedarhurst, Gregory Heights, Hazel Valley, Mount View, Seahurst, Shorewood, Southern Heights, White Center Heights, Valley View Early Learning. 

Deborah Rumbaugh
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Big Picture, Chinook, Glacier, Highline, Mount Rainier, Pacific, Tyee

Pete Misner
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Bow Lake, Des Moines, Hilltop, Madrona, Marvista, McMicken Heights, Midway, North Hill, Parkside

Kathy Emerick
Director of PreK & Elementary Success

Janet Blanford
Director of Secondary Success & College Readiness

Doug Judge
Director of Social-Emotional Learning

Julie Hunter
Director of Secondary Initiatives 

Chance Gower
Director of Career & Technical Education

Gaye Bungart
Co-Director of Special Education

Darren Spencer
Co-Director of Special Education

Kristin Percy Calaff
Director of Language Learning 

Colin Ryan
Director of Title I/LAP & ESSA

Deena Russo
Director of Professional Learning

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Our Promise

EVERY STUDENT in Highline Public Schools is known by NAME, STRENGTH and NEED, and graduates prepared for the future they choose.

Learn more about our Strategic Plan