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 - Instructor, Renton Technical College
In addition to leading the South Seattle Community College CTE Certification Advisory Committee, Renée Florio teaches in a CTE classroom for computer applications. Over the years she has taught computer applications, office skills, business management/accounting and Web development at Renton Technical College, Northshore School District and the Seattle Indian Center. Ms. Florio has a BS in secondary education and a M.Ed in educational technology. Having received CTE certification from South’s program, Ms. Florio finds herself continually applying what she learned here in the Teacher Education Program, and feels that our 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 thirty years. She is currently the Director of Career & Technical Education for the Bremerton School District, working with the district’s CTE programs at Bremerton High School and Renaissance High School. Previous work experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Washington State Council on Vocational Education and the Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Contracted Services for Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She has a Master's degree in education and a Ph.D. 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 Professional and Technical Education for the South Kitsap School District, and is adjunct faculty for Argosy University in Seattle. He teaches in the Education Masters in Co-Psych Department as well as in the Education Administration and Leadership Doctorate programs. He has been involved in public education at the elementary, middle, secondary and post secondary levels as a teacher, counselor or administrator for over 18 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
AS in Horticulture/Floral Design from Louisiana Tech University
BA in Culture/Literature/Arts from University of WA-Bothell
Job History in the Floral Industry as Floral Designer, Bridal Consultant and Flower Shop Manager
Earned WA State CTE Certification through the Business & Industry Route at SSCC
Presently teaching Floriculture at Everett High School
Currently pursuing a Masters of Educational Technology Program with a Graduate Certificate in Adult Online Education through Boise State University
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 email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions about South’s CTE program.
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Web site.