As the director for Microsoft's Puget Sound Community Affairs, Jane is responsible for the company's hometown philanthropic contributions and community engagement programs including the Sound Community Fund and the Microsoft Math Partnership. The Sound Community Fund provides direct grants of cash and product to King County nonprofits in human services, arts and culture, K12 education and civic affairs. She also manages the Microsoft Math Partnership, the signature hometown investment for the company, focused on improving student academic performance in math. She started at Microsoft in 1992 after graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in Communications and Sociology.
Betsy Cornell is a 7th grade English teacher in the Moses Lake School District. Teaching since 1980 in a variety of states and districts, Betsey received her undergraduate degree from Idaho State University and her Master's degree from Eastern Washington University. As a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent English Language Arts, she has held a variety of roles in addition to her current classroom assignment: adjunct for pre-service teachers through Heritage University, coordinator for the new teacher training in her district, and facilitator of National Board candidates. Betsy and her husband have two grown children and are excited about the possibility of grandchildren.
John Hellwich is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Sumner School District. John taught secondary English/Language Arts and Social Studies for 19 years and was Nationally Board Certified in middle level language arts in 2002. He served as dean of students and principal in the Dieringer and White River School Districts. John has consulted for various districts and organizations in the areas of teacher advocacy, teacher leadership, professional learning communities, and teacher evaluation. He has a passion for developing new structures and systems in which teacher leadership can grow and thrive.
Erin Jones, former teacher and instructional coach, is the Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement at OSPI.
Corrine McGuigan is currently Professor and University Dean at Heritage University where she oversees one of the nation's newest teacher preparation reform models, HU105. Working with her colleagues from ESD105, CSTP, the University of Washington and Mount Adams, Mabton and Toppenish districts, HU105 is dedicated to educational reform efforts which have a high probability of transforming K-12 educational experiences by preparing candidates who are highly effective in their 1st and 2nd years of teaching. Corrine and her colleagues are currently focused on endeavors that include the articulation of strong professional competencies, teacher accountability for student growth, advocacy for students who are least well-served and a commitment to teaming.
Beth McGibbon, National Board Certified Teacher in history-social studies, teaches at Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Washington. Since 1990, her many roles at Shadle Park have included Japanese language teacher, social studies teacher, literacy instructional coach and professional learning coordinator. Beth has also co-chaired the Teacher Leadership Conference from 2005-2010, participated in the creation of the Teacher Leadership Framework, and is a member of the JumpStart training team. She advocates for teacher leadership at the local, state and national levels.
Larry Nyland is recently retired from Marysville Schools where he built community partnerships with Tulalip Tribes, increased graduation rates and developed a strong culture of instructional improvement. During his time in Marysville he was recognized as Superintendent of the Year, the board was recognized as Board of the Year, and Marysville Getchell HS received the Grand Prize for school design that supports student learning. Dr. Nyland also served as superintendent in Shoreline, Pasco and Denali (Alaska). During his career he founded the SPU superintendent preparation program, served as president of WASA, WABS and WCEAP, and helped launch school reform in Washington as interim director of the Commission on Student Learning. Larry is passionate about developing teams, systems and leadership capacity to close achievement gaps.
Sheila Stuhlsatz, National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages Other than English, teaches Spanish at Kalama Middle/High School in Kalama, Washington. Her roles have included being a district mentor, a Round Table Facilitator for ESD 11s's BEST consortium, a TPEP facilitator, an adjunct faculty member at City University, Vancouver, and a presenter at various language conferences. She advocates for teacher leadership, mentoring, and language acquisition at the local and state levels.