Bridge to College Course Trainers help high schools implement the courses. They work with regional teams across the state and provide face-to-face trainings for teachers who will teach the course.
Greta Bornemann – is currently the Director of Mathematics at Puget Sound Educational Service District. She has eighteen years of classroom teaching experience at the middle, high and post-secondary levels. Greta served as an instructional coach before spending 5 1/2 years as Director of Mathematics for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Greta is a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics and recently received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. She is focused on building regional leadership to support mathematics improvement efforts.
Autumn Carper -Autumn has taught math at Shadle Park High School since 2011. Besides Shadle, she has taught in a variety of alternative high school settings, as well as a secondary math methods class at Gonzaga University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Western Washington University and a Master of Initial Teaching degree from GU. Autumn had an excellent introduction to the Bridge to College project as a teacher and Team Leader in 2015-16, and she is now excited to share from her experience and help the project grow as a Bridge Course Trainer. Her favorite part about teaching the course was seeing math-averse students that came into the class realize that they could enjoy it while working hard and gaining confidence in their mathematical abilities. In addition to teaching, Autumn especially loves reading and spending time with her family—husband Ross and two young daughters, Caroline and Iris.
Dawn Draus – Dawn is a math instructor and department chair at Lower Columbia College. Dawn holds an MS in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University and an MS in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences fromUtah State University. Over the past several years she has partnered with local high schools to increase the number of high school graduates placing directly into college level math. She also leads the pre-college math reform efforts at her college and has presented the work nationally and regionally. For the first time in her career, she did not teach this summer so that she could spend time training the new puppy Fezzik, a Great Pyrenees and Saint Bernard mix (pictured here).
Deb Gribskov – I am a 40+ year veteran teacher, who lives in a small town in southwest Washington.I have taught math, computer science, business applications, psychology, and PE/art, as well as all sorts of teaching & learning courses. I am currently an instructional coach with Kelso school district. I love teaching, and think of it as a calling or lifestyle rather than a job.I think the Bridges program will have a great impact on college access for our Washington state students, and I am glad I can be a part of it.
Shereen Henry – has helped further student’s K-12 education for 20 years. She taught math at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, WA for 11 years prior to becoming the Secondary Math Instructional Specialist for Shoreline Schools in 2008. In this role, Shereen designed and implemented an extensive program of professional development and support for mathematics teachers in the district. Shereen views the national Teach to Lead movement as critical, and she has collaborated with colleagues on ways to build leaders in our school buildings. Shereen has a passion for college and career readiness and has been involved in numerous partnerships and grants with higher education to further student’s opportunities as a Shoreline Public Schools employee. In September of 2015, Shereen became the Director of Instructional Leadership at Washington Alliance for Better Schools. Washington Alliance for Better Schools is a collaborative of 11 school districts that leverages resources, talent and intellectual capital to help a quarter million students graduate career and college ready. Shereen holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Washington.
Debra Olson – Debbie has been teaching mathematics since 1997 at the high school, community college, and university level. She is currently a mathematics faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College as well as an instructor for the Mathematics Education Collaborative. She teaches a variety of courses, but has devoted much of her time and energy at the community college level to the developmental course sequences, the Math in Society course, and the sequence designed for future elementary teachers. She feels strongly that all learners are capable of making sense of mathematics and that this experience is at the heart of deeply learning, using, and enjoying mathematics.
Sean W. Agriss – Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University; Director of Secondary English Education; Running Start in the High School Faculty Director for English Specialization: Pedagogy, Teaching Methods, Cultural Studies, and Social Theory Biography: PhD in Education with emphasis in Cultural Studies and Social Thought, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, July 2011 Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College Graduate Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003 Bachelor of Science in English Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 2000.
Erin Dorso – works as the Regional Language Arts Coordinator at Educational Service District 123 in Pasco, WA. She supports educators, districts, and families to provide high quality literacy instruction to the children of southeastern Washington from Kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond through the development of professional learning experiences, curriculum alignment, and instructional coaching. In the past, she has taught language arts in grades 9-12 in Florida, Japan, and Washington and earned her MA in English Language Arts Education from the University of Central Florida. Her professional interests include instructional practices in the language arts, instruction that meets the needs of highly capable learners, cross-disciplinary teaching and learning, and practices that foster equity in our schools.
Jennifer Etter – has worked as the 6-12 Instructional Specialist for Literacy in the Shoreline School District for the past five years. Prior to becoming an instructional specialist she spent ten years in the classroom teaching high school English and the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college-readiness elective class. Jennifer is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher who renewed her certification in 2015. In addition to her role as a Bridge Trainer, Jennifer is a Staff Developer for AVID facilitating trainings in Writing in the Content Areas for Middle and High School at summer institutes around the country. As a first-generation college student herself, Jennifer is passionate about programs that increase the post-secondary access and success of all students.
Elizabeth Jensen – Elizabeth is a National Board Certified teacher at Grandview High School. Additionally, she teaches developmental English classes and tutors in the Writing Center at the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley College. She has worked with Bridge to College as a teacher, Team Leader, and Trainer. Elizabeth spends time as a mentor teacher, PLC leader, and an edtpa scorer.
Stephanie King – Stephanie is currently an English teacher at Granger High School in the lower Yakima Valley town of Granger. She teaches University of Washington in the High School English 131/111, English 12, Bridge to College ELA, and Collection of Evidence. Stephanie is National Board Certified and holds a Masters in Education. She also coaches the varsity and middle school girls’ soccer teams, is the adviser for National Honor Society, A.S.B., the Class of 2018, and is a National Boards Ambassador.
Marilyn Melville-Irvine – I spent most of my career teaching middle school language arts. After retiring, I became an instructional coach for Longview School District. Currently I work as an independent contractor for several school districts and for ESD 112. My focus has been on implementing Washington State Learning Standards for Learning and instructional frameworks. Bridge to College is a new adventure for me.
Andrea Reid – has taught English Literature and Composition at 2-year and 4-year institutions in Oregon and Washington over her 20-year career. She currently teaches at Spokane Community College, where she is also the Co-Director of the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities. In addition to her teaching, Andrea is involved in multiple projects that emphasize cross-sector collaboration—opportunities to bring together High School, 2-year, and 4-year faculty to talk about classroom practices and to improve student success as they transition from one academic arena to the next.
Other Bridge to College Course Trainers (pictures and/or bios pending):
Justin Young, Eastern Washington University
Jessica Ketchum, Spokane School District
Lori Inman, Mead School District
LaWonda Smith, Puget Sound ESD
Jeff Crawford, Mead School District
Coretta Hoffman, Mead High School
Mary Ellen Huggins, Northwest ESD
Leslie Nielsen, Puget Sound ESD
Tamara Smith, Olympic ESD