Student Growth Case Studies – Stories from WA State Teachers

The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, in partnership with OSPI convened a group of National Board Certified Teachers to discuss how these teachers are using student growth in their classrooms. Below are the stories that came from those conversations.

Kristin Bailey-Fogarty earned her Master’s in Education in 1996 and her National Board Certification in 2008. She is a Golden Apple Award Winner and contributes to CSTP’s Stories From School Blog. She currently teaches reading, language arts, and history in Seattle. Read here to learn about how Kristin is supported by her administration while she works on gathering student growth data.



Heather Byington is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches fourth grade at Lydia Hawk Elementary School with North Thurston Public Schools. She is a teacher leader who has spent her entire career teaching diverse populations and has expertise in the area of bilingual education. Click here to read about what happens when Heather asks her kids to make inferences.



Mark Gardner is a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and currently teaches ninth grade English as part of the Freshman Academy at Camas High School. He also works as a Teacher on Special Assignment focusing on the implementation of TPEP in Camas SD and is a state ICFFS for the Marzano framework. Mark also trains teachers about evidence, artifacts, and student growth goals as part of the WEA cadre of teacher-leaders. Read Mark’s student growth story here.



Tracy Krause is a National Board Certified Teacher at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley. He has been involved in committee work for OSPI, NASPE, AAHPERD, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, having co-chaired the recent NBPTS standard revisions for physical education. Click here to read about how Tracy’s perception of Student Growth has changed over the course of his teaching career.


Beth McGibbon, National Board Certified Teacher, has taught social studies at Shadle Park High School in Spokane since 1991. For the past four years, Beth has taught AP World History to Sophomores. She also serves as a state ICFFS trainer for the Marzano framework. Read about how Beth empowers her students to grow here.






National Board Certified Teacher, Lindsey Stevens, currently teaches high school in the Sumner School District. She works hard to implement the Common Core Standards in her classroom and completed a comprehensive TPEP evaluation during the 2012-2013 school year. Click here to read about how Lindsey had to reflect on her teaching practice when her student growth data didn’t show her exactly what she was expecting.





Pamelia Valentine is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent and Young Adult Visual Arts and currently the Washington State Co-President elect for the Washington Arts Educational Board. She was Washington State’s 2013 ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year and Washington State Middle Level Art Teacher of the Year. Pamelia currently teaches in the Shelton School District. Read about how Pamelia tracked her student growth data here.





Tom White has taught elementary education for the past thirty years. Currently he teaches fourth grade in Lynnwood, WA and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood Generalist. He also writes for two educational blogs:, which deals with education policy, and CORElaborate, which deals with implementation of the Common Core. Read about Tom’s take on student growth here





Criterion 8 Case Studies

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As an ELL Specialist and Instructional Coach, Katie Brown works at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham School District. She is devoted to meeting the needs of language learners and has created a website full of videos and resources. Katie was named the 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year, which was a direct result of the collaborative work described in this case study.

Betsy Cornell works in the Moses Lake School District as the Coordinator for TPEP, National Board, Pro-Teach, and New Teacher Training. She is a NBCT and previously taught 7th grade English for 14 years, also with the Moses Lake School District. Betsy’s case story focuses on a highly functioning, diverse professional learning community.