Paraeducator Work Group


Statutory Charge of the PESB Paraeducator Work Group

The 2014 legislative charge articulated in SSB 6129 requires the Professional Educator Standards Board to convene a work group with designated representative membership to produce the reports and recommendations over a period of two fiscal years. The first set of deliverables is due to the education committees of the Legislature on January 10, 2015, and must include recommendations for:

  1. Minimum employment standards for paraeducators who work in English language learner, transitional bilingual, federal limited English proficiency, learning assistance, and federal disadvantaged programs;
  2. A career ladder that encourages paraeducators to pursue advanced education and professional development as well as increased instructional ability and responsibility; and
  3. Professional development for certificated employees that focuses on maximizing the success of paraeducators in classrooms.
  4. The work group must also report on proposals for an articulated pathway for teacher preparation.

The second set of deliverables is due to the Legislature by January 10, 2016, and must include recommendations for:

  1. Minimum employment standards for paraeducators who work in basic education and special education programs; and
  2. Professional development and training to help paraeducators meet the employment standards.

Members & Staff

Chair Damien Pattenaude, Chief Academic Officer, Renton School District, Professional Educator Standards Board Member, WASA Member  

Project Facilitator Jonelle Adams, Ed.D., Consultant  

Bernal Baca, Lobbyist, American Federation of Teachers of Washington

Brandon Deyarmin, Assistant Principal, Central Valley School District

Darci Ladwig, Parent, Spokane County Parent Coalition

Doug Nelson, Government Relations Director, Public School Employees of Washington

Helene Paroff, Assistant Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators

Jaime Wells, Director, Center of Excellence for Careers in Education, Green River Community College

Jane Robb-Linse, Director of K-12 Services, Puget Sound Educational Service District

Janice Tornow, Program Review and Program Supervisor, OSPI

Jennifer Karls, Parent, Vice President Bellevue Special Needs PTA and Bellevue PTSA Council

Kathy Goebel, Policy Associate, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Keisha Porcincula, Equity in Education Coalition

Carrie Basas, Director Office of Education Ombuds 

Kelly Garza, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Yakima School District

Kent Gerlach, Ed.D, Professor and Consultant, Pacific Lutheran University

Larry Fazzari, Title I Part A Supervisor, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Lucinda Young, Chief Lobbyist, WEA

Jan Byers-Kirsch, Ed.D, Central Washington University , Assistant Professor 

Rich Dubois, Superintendent, Lake Quinault School District

Sally Holloway, Director of Early Childhood Education, Whatcom Community College

Stacy Gillett, Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee

Tim Knue, Executive Director, Washington Association for Career and Technical Education


Operating Norms

Meeting Dates & Materials



Archived Meeting Information: 2014 Work Group Meetings

Subcommittees - Meeting Information