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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Woodring multilingual Teaching Fellows Program


The Woodring Multilingual Teaching Fellows Program supports paraprofessionals with bi/multilingual skills in Highline Public Schools and leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE), English Language Learners & Bilingual Education from Western Washington University, with a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education (K-8), English Language Learners (ELL) (P-12) and/or Bilingual Education (BE) (P-12).


Fellows are bi/multilingual paraprofessionals in Highline Public Schools. The program is available to current employees and new applicants. In order to apply, you must:

  • Demonstrate a high level of language skills in English and an additional language
  • Possess or close to completing a Direct Transfer Agreement Associate Degree (DTA-AA) degree or higher
  • WEST-B scores (We can help you get this assessment!)


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


The fourth cohort of fellows began in Summer of 2022. Fellows will work and study over two years, and graduate with a teaching certificate and bachelor’s degree. 


Highline Public Schools has a bold goal that all students will graduate bilingual and biliterate, and seeks to recruit bi/multilingual teachers from our community.


Fellows work full time in paraprofessional roles, maintaining regular salary and benefits. Through their work as paraprofessionals, they practice and deepen their study with Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education. Academic courses will be offered at the Puget Sound Education Service District in Renton, WA.


Tuition and fees are approximately $20,500 for 8 quarters, a savings of about $4,500, when compared to the cost to attend 8 quarters on the Bellingham campus. Additional financial aid opportunities may be available to students through Western Washington University.

The next cohort is scheduled to begin June 2024. 


Shirley Siloi
Retention & Recruitment Program Manager

Adina Thea
Elementary Language Learning Director

Shajaira Lopez
Secondary Language Learning Director

Damaris Amaya
Administrative Secretary