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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Woodring Inclusive education Teaching scholars

What

The Woodring Inclusive Education Teaching Scholars (WIETS) program is a partnership between Highline Public Schools and Western Washington University (WWU). The program supports Highline paraprofessionals to become dually certificated teachers with special education and elementary education endorsements.

Who

The program is available to current Highline employees who hold a minimum of:

  • deep understanding of Highline's Special Education programs
  • a transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree or higher
  • WEST-B scores

Where

WIETS are placed in schools throughout Highline Public Schools.

When

The second cohort of teaching scholars will begin in Summer of 2022. Woodring Inclusive Education Teaching Scholars will work and study over two years, and graduate with a teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree.

Why

WIETS is a part of a region-wide Grow-Your-Own initiative to diversify the workforce and provide alternative routes to teaching for our current district employees.

The program is designed to support our staff in delivering Our Promise: EVERY STUDENT in Highline Public Schools is known by namestrength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose. 

How

WIETS work full time in paraprofessional roles, maintaining regular salary and benefits. Through their work as paraprofessionals, they practice and deepen their study with WWU’s Woodring College of Education. Courses are held locally and online.

Cost

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 WWU.

Interested in WIETS?

Complete our Interest Form to get started on your certificated teaching pathway!

WIETS Interest Form

Questions? Send us an email or call us at 206-631-3008.

Contact

Shirley Siloi
HR Recruitment & Retention Specialist
206-928-1356

Gaye Bungart
Director
Pre-K & Elementary Programs
206-631-3009

Darren Spencer
Director
Secondary & Transition Programs
206-631-3009

Email
gyo@highlineschools.org