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.
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. Ms. Florio 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. Ms. Florio has a Bachelor of Science in secondary vocational education and a Masters Degree in educational technology. She also has received a secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification from South Seattle Community College (SSCC). She was selected to be on the program’s Advisory Committee, recently named the Professional Education Advisory Committee, serving 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 - CTE instructor, Northshore School District
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 Bachelors Degree in English in 1975 and a Masters 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.”
Susan Longstreth, Ph.D. - Director, Career & Technical Education; Bremerton School District
Dr. Susan Longstreth has worked in career & technical education for over 30 years. She is recently retired as the Director of Career & Technical Education for the Marysville School District, where she supervised 12 programs housed in seven small learning communities. Other previous work experience includes serving as an Associate Dean at Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the Executive Director of the State Council on Vocational Education for Washington, Director of Applied Learning at the Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, and Director of CTE for the Bremerton School District. She has a Master’s degree in education and a PhD in vocational education administration from Colorado State University.
Barbara Lynch - CTE Teacher; Seattle School District
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. Ms. Lynch 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.
Thomas Mosby, Ph.D. -
Director of Professional and Technical Education;
South Kitsap SD #402
Thomas Mosby is Director for the Puget Sound Skills Center. He is also Adjunct faculty for Argosy University in Seattle and University of Phoenix. He teaches in the Education Masters and Doctorate in the Education Administration and Leadership programs at Argosy and in the Masters in Elementary and Secondary Education program for University of Phoenix. He has been involved in public education at the Elementary, middle, secondary and post- secondary levels as a teacher, counselor or administrator for over 25 years. He has been a Career and Technical Education Director for the past 15 years.
Dr. Mosby graduated with a BA in Journalism Public Relations from Western Washington University in Bellingham, a Masters in Education Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership, both from Washington State University in Pullman.
Patsy Ethridge-Neal - School to Work Specialist; Seattle Schools (ret.)
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. Ms. Ethridge-Neal has been recognized with an Outstanding Service Award and was inducted as a member of the WA-DECAWashington State Delta Epsilon Chi Hall of Fame and served on the Washington State Future Business Leaders of America Executive Committee for three years. Ms. Ethridge-Neal 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 vocationally certificated to teach Business, Marketing, Applied Math and Work-Based Learning.
Tammy H. Price - CTE Teacher; Everett School District
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 here in our SSCC Program in 2007. Tammy has served on our program's Professional Education Advisory Committee since 2007 as well. 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. - Manager, School to Work Systems; Seattle Public Schools
Shepherd Siegel leads the CTE effort for Seattle Public Schools. With a background in music, disability, research, and writing, Dr. Siegel 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. Dr. Siegel 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, Dr. Siegel received the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award for Region V of the Association for Career & Technical Education. Dr. Siegel is currently President of Washington Association of Vocational Administrators (WAVA)—an association of CTE administrators, and chairs the board of the UMO Theater Ensemble. He is also writing a book about the socially transforming power of play.
Rita Smith - Career & Technical Education Program Specialist,
Lake Washington School District
Rita Smith has worked in Career & Technical Education for 13 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 junior high schools. In her job as Career and Technical Education Program Specialist, Rita helps create new Career and Technical Education programs, helps up date 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.
Director of Continuing Education
South Seattle Community College
Contact South’s Continuing Education Department at 206-934-5339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about South’s CTE program.
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Web site.