About the Board

The Paraeducator Board, administered by the Professional Educator Standards Board, consists of nine members appointed to four-year terms, and its chair appointed by the governor. Subject to confirmation by the senate, appointments to the board must be made as follows:

  1. The superintendent of public instruction shall appoint a basic education paraeducator, a special education paraeducator, an English language learner paraeducator, a teacher, a principal, and a representative of the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
  2. The Washington state parent teacher association shall appoint a parent whose child receives instructional support from a paraeducator.
  3. The state board for community and technical colleges shall appoint a representative of the community and technical college system.
  4. The student achievement council shall appoint a representative of a four-year institution of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016. 

The Paraeducators Board members are:

 Jan Byers-Kirsch
  • Associate Professor at Central Washington University
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Jessica Giffin            
  • Region 7 Director at Washington State PTA
  • Term One:  July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Ricardo Iñiguez
  • Principal at Wenatchee High School
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Mandy Manning    
  • English Language Development Teacher at Spokane Public Schools
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Cindy Rockholt    
  • Assistant Superintendent, Educator Grown and Development at OSPI 
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Laura Rogers
  • ELL Paraeducator for Everett School District 
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Loren Sickles    
  • Special Education Paraeducator for Evergreen School District
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Cathy Smith
  • Basic Education Paraeducator for Olympia School District
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019
 Ann Williamson
  • Education Program Coordinator and Faculty at Lower Columbia College
  • Term One: July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2019


Feedback and public comment to the Paraeducator Board is welcome, and can be done through the Contact the Board page.