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 (pscsta.org). Before teaching, Earl was a computer engineer for 25 years, most recently managing a software quality assurance team at Amazon.com 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.
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.”
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).
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions about South’s CTE program.
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Web site.