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NCESD adds to team

North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has announced the addition of new team members.

Anne Stewart has joined as a Secondary English Language Arts/Social Studies/Humanities Instructional Specialist, and will work in concert with the NCESD staff and educators within our region. The purpose of this position is to develop the capacity of instructional leaders in delivering, promoting, and supporting impactful English Language Arts and Social Studies instruction and integration designed to increase student achievement in every building, for each student. Stewart will support other leaders in English Language Arts, Social Studies, AP, IB, and AVID education with the intent of creating and sustaining powerful, collaborative and coherent regional delivery systems, as well as supporting school districts within NCESD and the state of Washington.

Stewart graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelors Degree in English, from the University of Hawaii with a Masters of Arts in English, and from Seattle University with her Masters in Teaching. She is National Board Certified and has worked as a middle school and high school English and Social Studies teacher, Instructional Coach, and Secondary Literacy/Social Studies Coordinator for the Edmonds School District. Most recently she taught high school Social Studies at Wenatchee High School.

Carly Reiser has assumed the role of Speech Language Pathologist with the NCESD, providing a full range of services to children ages 0-21. Reiser’s responsibilities include screening and assessment, designing treatment programs, providing direct therapy, and consulting with school staff, parents and outside agencies as appropriate while functioning as a member of the multidisciplinary team to determine eligibility for services, appropriate programming, and on-going progress.

Reiser holds a Bachelor of Science from Lafayette College and Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University. She has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in a preschool and resource center, and also at PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital. Reiser recently returned from leading a group of Western WA University students on a four-week service learning trip in Guatemala.

Sarah Peery is the NCESD’s new Occupational Therapist, lending her 8 years of experience to develop, implement, and document treatment programs directly for students with disabilities. Peery is responsible for the assessment and recommendation of environmental modifications and equipment adaptations that will assure accessibility for students with disabilities.

Peery graduated from the University of Puget Sound, where she developed adaptive climbing equipment for people with spinal cord injuries for her thesis project, which is still in use by The Outdoors for All Foundation in Seattle. She holds a Masters in Science with a major in Occupational Therapy, is National Board Certified, and has worked at Supplemental Healthcare and ESD 114 in Bremerton.

Cyle Nielsen has joined as a Birth-3 Special Education Teacher. Nielsen brings 18 years of experience to the position, and is responsible for planning and implementing child development services for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children in partnership and coordination with the site Direct Services Team and families.

Nielsen holds a Bachelors in Special Education and in Reading, Professional Teacher Certificate, and worked in Paraguay for 12 years starting special education programs, training teachers, and as an Early Childhood consultant and coordinator. Nielsen has worked in various school districts, including Yakima Public Schools as a Developmental Preschool Educator, and has most recently worked for Spokane Public Schools.

Kate Lindholm shares her 25 years of education experience with the NCESD as the new STEM Educational Specialist- Coordinator. Lindholm works in concert with the NCESD staff and educators within our region to develop the capacity of instructional leaders in delivering, promoting, and supporting effective STEM instruction and integration designed to increase student achievement in every building, for each student. Lindholm also supports other leaders in mathematics, science, and STEM education to create and sustain powerful, collaborative and coherent regional delivery systems, while supporting school districts within NCESD and the state of Washington.

Lindholm holds an Education Degree and BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, a Masters in Humanities from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and served as

Lead Consultant for four years at Strategic Steps Education Consulting. For the past 25 years, she has served as an Elementary Teacher, Reading Specialist, Math/Science Specialist, Science Coach, and Project Glad Coach at Moses Lake School District.

Samantha Laskey has joined the District as a Physical Therapist. She develops, implements, and documents treatment programs directly for students with disabilities. Laskey also assesses and recommends environmental modifications and equipment adaptations to assure accessibility for students with disabilities.

Laskey holds a Bachelors from Western Washington University, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has experience working in both schools as well as Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital providing therapy services.

Donna Drollinger brings 13 years of experience to the NCESD as a Speech Language Pathologist. She is responsible for developing treatment programs, providing direct therapy and consulting with school staff, parents and outside agencies.

Drollinger graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and received her Masters in Science from Northern Arizona University with a major in Clinical Speech Pathology. She has experience in schools as well as working in the clinical setting.

Finally, Ana Bernal joins the NCESD Early Intervention team and will assist with coordinating services and developing Individual Family Service Plans for children and families in the Moses Lake area. Bernal will be working with the NCESD service providers and families in the expanded Early Intervention Program in the Moses Lake School District.

Her experience includes working as an Family Resource Coordinator for Moses Lake Community Health and as an office assistant.

“We are thrilled to add the talents and expertise of these nine new employees to the NCESD team. We’re very focused on providing the highest level of quality and service to the districts we serve, and each of these team members is an integral part of delivering on that promise,” explained Suzanne Reister, Executive Director of Human Resources for the NCESD.

The North Central Educational Service District is a resource to the 29 districts within the four-county service area, providing professional and timely tools to meet the needs of individual schools and districts, and a reliable point of education-related information for the communities served. The NCESD is a respected resource to other ESDs throughout Washington State.