A Salute to Alumni Success
Jim Fannin (M.Ed. in Professional Development) was named
principal of West Valley Middle Level Campus, which includes the West Valley
Middle School and Junior High School in the West Valley School District in
Yakima. Prior to his appointment, he served as the assistant principal at the
Raymond Navarro (M.Ed. in Counseling) was recommended to
Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Washington State Charter Schools
Commission, a nine-member panel that oversees the state’s charter school
system. If appointed, he will serve a four-year term. Navarro currently sits on
the Yakima School District Board of Directors. He also serves as the director
of Central Washington University’s academic achievement programs.
Jonathan Lang (M.Ed. in Bilingual Education/E.S.L.) received
the PASS Contact Person of the Year Award for Washington state from the Migrant
Education Program. The PASS program
allows migrant students to make up lost credits through independent study and
encourages them to stay in school and graduate.
Lang, who teaches at Stanton Academy in Yakima, Washington, has a PASS
packet completion rate of 95%.
Maria Fernandez (B.A. in Business Administration) is the
Circulation Manager for Good Fruit Grower magazine, an industry magazine owned
by the Washington State Fruit Commission that is published 17 times annually.
Crystal Bass (B.A. in Business Administration) is the
Property and Acquisitions Manager for the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the
Gerardo Ruelas (B.A. in Business Administration) was
promoted to Information Systems Business Relations Manager at Costco Wholesale.
Joshua Schlegel (B.A. in Mathematics) was named the
Educational Service District 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for
2013-2014. He is a math coach at
Harrison Middle School in the Sunnyside School District.
Kelsey Buscher (Clinical Lab Science) is a medical
technologist supervisor at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center in Yakima,
Tai Van Pham (Clinical Lab Science) is a laboratory manager
at Kindred Hospital in Seattle.
Teresa Nguyen (Medical Laboratory Science) is a blood bank
section supervisor at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington.
Mike Christensen (Medical Laboratory Science) is an evening
shift lead at Peace Health Laboratories in Vancouver, Washington.
Helen Mikong Yi (Medical Laboratory Science) is a medical
technologist lead at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington.
Timothy Ausink (Medical Laboratory Science) is a medical
technologist supervisor at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center in
Samuel Small (B.S. in Computer Science) was hired as a
computer programmer by the Washington State Department of Revenue in Tumwater,
Mattie Tomeo-Palmanteer (B.S.W. in Social Work) is the
Native VOICES Coordinator for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Native VOICES is an HIV/STD prevention project targeting American Indian and
Alaskan Native teens and young adults.
Alum Named Finalist
for National Education Award
Brian Sites (M.Ed. Professional Development, 2006), a social
studies, mathematics and technology teacher at River’s Edge High School in
Richland, Washington, received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence
and $10,000 for being recognized as one of the nation’s top educators at the
National Education Association (NEA) Foundation’s Salute of Excellence in
Education awards gala in February.
“Brian has been selected for this award by his peers because
he has attained the highest teaching standards, as shown by his exemplary
instruction, advocacy for the profession, attention to diversity, leadership in
professional development, and engagement of parents and community,” said
Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Honoring these
educators is our way of thanking them for their excellent work.”
Sites was nominated by the Washington Education Association,
the state’s NEA affiliate.
Imagination to Life in Second Book Publishing
Alumna Merri Halma (M.Ed., Counseling, 1988) recently
published her second novel, Indigo Traveler. This young adult fantasy adventure
is set in the fictional world of Curá, where a king’s greed has his country on
the brink of war.
Indigo Traveler is published by Dreaming Lizard Press and is
available through specialty book stores in Nampa, Idaho, as well as online
Halma published her first book, Jamie and the Magic
Digger—Journey to Senlinola, in 2007. It
is based on bedtime stories that she told her son when he was young.
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