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Career and Technical Teacher Education
CTE Advisory Committee

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Experienced Career and Technical Education teachers and administrators serve on South’s Advisory Committee, which oversees the program and is instrumental in its design. See below for a list of current advisory council members. The purpose of South’s CTE Advisory Committee is to ensure that the curriculum meets State standards, and to assure program continuity with students and staff. Student satisfaction is important to the entire program and the committee continually looks for ways to gain a long-lasting satisfaction level. The quality education of each high school student in a CTE classroom is the ultimate goal for the Advisory Committee. The group focuses on program improvements and working to have each teacher candidate fully qualified to apply for CTE Teacher Certification, prepared to walk into a high school classroom ready to teach courses preparing each student to succeed in today’s workplace.

Please feel free to contact any committee member with concerns and success stories.

Earl Bergquist - Seattle School District CTE Teacher, South CTE Program Completer

Earl Bergquist currently teaches computer science classes at Garfield High School including Advanced Placement CS & Introduction to CS and coaches their First Robotics team. He joined their staff in 2011 and the year prior completed the CTE certification program at South Seattle. Earl also serves as Vice President of the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association ( Before teaching, Earl was a computer engineer for 25 years, most recently managing a software quality assurance team at for 11 years. In the 1990’s he created databases and managed IT for a local non-profit, the Chicken Soup Brigade, and started his career designing VLSI computer chips for Hewlett Packard. Earl received dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Darrell Chase - Highline School District CTE Teacher, South CTE Program Completer

Darrell Chase currently teaches Business & Technology courses with a STEM emphasis at Sylvester Middle School.  He joined the Highline School District staff in 1991.  After beginning his career teaching at Bellevue and Mount Rainer High Schools teaching in long term subbing positions, he has taught Speech, Communications, Mathematics, Computer Applications, Multimedia Technologies, Web Page Design, MCP courses, Networking and STEM classes.  Darrell graduated from University of Washington with Speech Communication and Teaching degrees. He completed the CTE Courses at South Seattle.  Darrell has worked in both the Highline and Tukwila School District’s Technology Departments with duties ranging from being on district planning and advisory boards, to technical support fixing computers, installing software, installing networks, designing infrastructures, to teaching adult/staff technology related courses. Over the past 20 years, Darrell is known to have been involved in writing and winning multiple grants to help fund his own class and Sylvester Middle School with technology and training ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $80,000, combining to reach nearly $200,000 in grants over his 20 plus years of teaching.

Patsy Ethridge-Neal - Seattle School District (retired CTE Teacher)

Patsy Ethridge-Neal is a retired School to Work Specialist for Seattle Schools supporting Business, Marketing and Information Technology. She has taught Business and Marketing courses for 24 years. Patsy has been recognized with an Outstanding Service Award and was inducted as a member of the WA-DECA Washington State Delta Epsilon Chi Hall of Fame and served on the Washington State Future Business Leaders of America Executive Committee for three years. Patsy has a BA with a major in business education and a Masters of Education in vocational education from the University of Washington College of Education. Currently she is CTE certificated to teach Business, Marketing, Applied Math and Work-Based Learning.

Renée Florio - South CTE Instructor, South CTE Program Completer

Renée Florio brings more than twenty years teaching experience in computer and business courses, such as office skills, business management/accounting, computer applications and Web development. Renée has worked at Lake Washington School District (LWSD), Northshore School District, Renton Technical College, and the Seattle Indian Center. Prior to that, she worked five years as a computer technician for the LWSD. Renée has a Bachelor of Science in secondary vocational education and a Master’s degree in educational technology. She also has received a secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification from South Seattle. She serves on the program’s Advisory Committee, as both chair and committee member. She instructs and mentors teacher candidates in this teacher’s certification preparation program. This includes History and Philosophy of Education, Integrating Technology into the Classroom, Tech Challenges, and observing teacher candidates during their culminating classroom experiences (the Practicum). She feels that this program is “all about sending out quality teachers to the young people in CTE classrooms around the State.”

Geoffrey Gilmore - Northshore School District ,CTE Teacher, South CTE Program Completer

Geoffrey Gilmore currently teaches English & business courses at Inglemoor High School. He joined the staff in 1997. Previous to that time, he taught English, social studies, learning center classes and modern dance at Canyon Park Junior High School, starting in 1980. His teaching career commenced at Lincoln High School in East Los Angeles in 1977. Geoffrey attended California State University at Los Angeles where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1975 and a Master’s degree in Education with a focus on gifted education in 1980. Geoffrey is also a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). He is also the owner of Geoffrey Gilmore Signature, an award winning event design/planning company. He has earned the distinctive Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) designation from ISES. Geoffrey is the winner of the 2006 Applause Award for “Best Non-Profit Event under $25,000” and one of ten 2007 national finalist for his innovative design of a couture dining table setting for the 2007 “The Special Event” Conference in Los Angeles. He is also the winner of the 2008 Applause Award for “Best Achievement in Logistics” and the winner of the 2009 ISES Esprit Award for “Best Industry Contribution.”

Marianne Goheen - OSPI

Marianna Goheen is a former CTE Director for Highline School District. Currently she is the Program Supervisor Health Science at Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Susan Longstreth, Ph.D. - South CTE Instructor, Retired CTE Director, OSPI

Dr. Susan Longstreth has been an educator in Washington, Colorado and California for over 30 years. She was trained as a respiratory therapist, and served as a community college instructor in RT before attending graduate school at Colorado State University. After receiving a M.Ed. and PhD in Vocational Education Administration, Sue spent 10 years at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, CO. as a program director and associate dean. In 1994, she returned to her home state of Washington as Executive Director of the State Council on Vocational Education, and moved to Bremerton in 1998, as the director of the district’s Career and Technical Education programs. In 2008, Dr. Longstreth joined the Marysville School District as the Director of CTE. Sue retired from educational administration in July, 2013 and currently is a state-wide advisor for Washington HOSA (future health professionals).

Barbara Lynch - Seattle School District CTE Teacher

Barbara Lynch's background includes a BA in sociology/psychology and a BS in business education and marketing from Central Washington University, an MBA in information systems from City University, as well as continuing education in the computer and technology field. She has been an entrepreneur for many years in the computer industry, and has taught in the high school, community college, and four-year university and graduate level educational environments and enjoys teaching very much. Barbara is a member of the faculty of Franklin High School in the Seattle School District and has been very involved in Career and Technical Education programs.  At present, Barbara is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership, P-12 Principal Certification, and her Career and Technical Education (CTE) program administration certification.

Thomas Mosby, Ph.D. - South Kitsap School District Director of Professional and Technical                                                   Education, South CTE Instructor

Dr. Thomas Mosby is the Director for Career and Technical Education in the South Kitsap School District. Thomas also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Career and technical teacher’s certification program South Seattle as well as being an adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix and Argosy University, Seattle.  He has been involved in public education at the elementary, middle, secondary and post secondary levels as a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator for 24 years. Thomas graduated with a BA in journalism public relations from Western Washington University in Bellingham, a Master’s in education counseling psychology and a doctorate in education administration and leadership, both from Washington State University in Pullman.

Tammy H. Price - Everett School District CTE Teacher, South CTE Instructor, South CTE                                  Program Completer

Tammy H. Price has been teaching Floriculture, a Career and Technical Education course since 2002 at Everett High School in Everett Public Schools and as an occasional summer course at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center in Mukilteo.  She completed her CTE Teaching Certification at South’s program in 2007.  Tammy has served on South’s Professional Education Advisory Committee since 2007.  Her previous work experience included 12 years in the floral industry as a floral designer and flower shop manager.  She has an AS in Horticulture from Louisiana Tech University, a BA in Culture/Literature/Arts from UW-Bothell, as well as a Master's degree in Educational Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Boise State University where she was invited to join Kappa Delta Pi an Honor Society for outstanding educational professionals.

Shepherd Siegel, Ph.D. - Director of School Engagement for Washington and Alaska, Project                                               Lead the Way

Dr. Shepherd Siegel is the Project Lead the Way Director of School Engagement for Washington and Alaska.  He is also the current (2013) President for the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education.  He led the CTE effort for Seattle Public Schools from 1996 until 2013. With a background in music, disability, research, and writing, Shepherd developed the Career Ladders transition program for students with special needs and managed the San Francisco Bridges from School to Work project for the Marriott Foundation. Shortly after completing his doctorate at UC Berkeley, his Career Ladders program received a national award from the Department of Labor, and the associated video won a Bronze Apple from the National Educational Film and Video Festival. Leadership of the King County Vocational/Special Education Cooperative directly preceded his tenure with Seattle, where the development of Personalization, Adult World Immersion, and Common Intellectual Mission—the three Design Principles of the New Urban High Schools—have unified CTE activities with the broader high school reform initiative in Seattle. Shepherd has worked to strengthen academy development, work-based learning for all high school students, career pathways, and tech prep at the secondary level. He has also promoted a number of programs and systemic changes at the elementary and middle schools. In 2002, he participated in the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tomorrow program, and in 2004, joined with Seattle University’s Dean of Engineering to co-chair the Washington State Coalition for Engineering Education. In 2005, Shepherd received the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award for Region V of the Association for Career & Technical Education. He has served as President, Elect and Past, of Washington Association of Vocational Administrators (WAVA)—an association of CTE administrators from 2006-2008, and chaired the board of the UMO Theater Ensemble from 2003-2013. He is also writing a book about the socially transforming power of play.

Rita Smith - Lake Washington School District Career & Technical Education Program Specialist

Rita Smith has worked in Career & Technical Education for 17 years. She is currently the Career & Technical Education Program Specialist for the Lake Washington School District. In this role she works with the district’s CTE programs at the all of the high schools and middle schools. In her job as Career and Technical Education Program Specialist, Rita creates new Career and Technical Education programs, updates existing programs, markets Career and Technical Education programs, recruits new advisory members and oversees the advisory committees. She partners with the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce to create Youth and Business Symposiums. Rita also works with Evergreen Hospital to offer a Health Services Day for high school students. Rita supports the K-12 Counselors and Career Specialists in the school district. Rita has written and been awarded numerous grants to enhance Career and Technical Education programs. Rita has a Master's degree in special education, principal’s credentials and CTE Director’s certification

Program Administrator

Luisa Motten
Director of Continuing Education
South Seattle College

Contact South’s Continuing Education Department at 206-934-5339 or
Frequently Asked Questions about South’s CTE program.
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Web site.

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