Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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bilingual Teaching Fellows Program

now accepting applications

The Bilingual Teaching Fellows program is a Grow-Your-Own teaching pathway designed for paraeducators, who are proficient in one of our target languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali), to earn a bachelor’s in education and teaching certification. Fellows work in elementary school settings while taking courses with Western WA University (WWU) in the evening. This program is two years long and prepares students to work as dual language teachers in elementary schools.


Current employees and new applicants are encouraged to apply. In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Demonstrate a high level of language skills in English and Spanish, Vietnamese or Somali
  • Possess or close to completing a transferable associate's degree
  • WEST-B scores (We can help you complete this assessment!)


We are currently recruiting for the next cohort of Bilingual Teaching Fellows! Fellows will start taking university classes in June 2024 and start working as a Fellow in elementary schools in September 2024. You can view the full job posting and apply here on our Frontline homepage.


Once hired, Fellows are placed in dual language elementary schools throughout Highline Public Schools.


Through a state grant awarded to WWU and partnering school districts, Fellows are eligible to receive a conditional loan to support tuition. Financial aid advising and resources will be available to students through the university.

A Deeper Look


Shirley Siloi
Retention & Recruitment Program Manager

Adina Thea
Elementary Language Learning Director

Damaris Amaya
Administrative Secretary