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 Highline Bilingual Teaching Fellows Program


The Woodring Highline Bilingual Teaching Fellows Program supports paraprofessionals with bilingual skills in Highline Public Schools to become certificated teachers with an elementary education endorsement.


Bilingual Teaching Fellows are paraprofessionals in Highline Public Schools. The program is available to current employees and new applicants. The fellows hold a minimum of:

  • demonstrate a high level of language skills in English and an additional language
  • a transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree or higher
  • WEST-B scores


Bilingual teaching fellows are placed in schools throughout Highline Public Schools in Southwest King County.


The fourth cohort of fellows began in Summer of 2022. Bilingual teaching fellows will work and study over two years, and graduate with a teaching certificate and bachelor’s degree. We will begin accepting applications for the next cohort starting in winter 2023.


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


Bilingual teaching 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. Courses are held locally and online.


An $8,000/year conditional scholarship covers most of the tuition, leaving participants to pay remaining tuition and other fees. Students may be offered admission with or without a conditional loan scholarship. Additional financial aid opportunities may be available to students through Western Washington University.

The next cohort is scheduled to begin June 2023. Check back often for more updates!


Shirley Siloi
HR Recruitment & Retention Specialist

Adina Thea
Elementary Language Learning Director

Shajaira Lopez
Secondary Language Learning Director

Damaris Amaya
Administrative Secretary