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Expanding Capacity for Special Education Program (ECSEL) Teacher: Jenn Menzies

Expanding Capacity for Special Education Program (ECSEL) Teacher: Jenn Menzies

[ANACORTES, WA,June 2018]–Jenn Menzies, a teacher from the Lake Stevens School District was one of the three candidates, selected from the Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD) region, for the Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership (ECSEL) program.

ECSEL is a prestigious program offered through the University of Washington-Bothell and OSPI. The ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) is a post-graduate program for aspiring special education administrators, focusing on the knowledge and skills needed for local education administration. As a grant-funded program supported by OSPI, only 18 students were selected from a large applicant pool for each cohort.

Menzies has worked in the Lake Stevens School District for the past two years as a Resource Room Teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School. Prior to joining Lake Stevens, she worked in the Edmonds School District for six years from 2010 to 2016.

In her current role, Menzies regularly collaborates and mentors colleagues in the implementation of highly effective instructional practices to meet the individualized needs of the students. She regularly monitors and evaluates IEP compliance for 115 students receiving special education services through the resource room program. In addition, Menzies oversees the instructional planning for the special education para educators.

In an effort to give back to the teaching profession Menzies has been a cooperating teacher for the University of Washington and Western Washington University special education teacher preparation graduate programs.

Menzies is passionate about special education program development and delivery and she believes that empowering students to reach their individual potential, to respect and value themselves and others, and become lifelong learners begins with high-quality education programs are the keys to success.

When reflecting on the ECSEL application process Menzies said, “It was a very thorough, comprehensive process. The rigor of this experience allowed me to further examine my teaching craft and skill set to determine if this program was the best fit for my goal of being an Executive Director of Special Services. The University of Washington has always prepared me well in my education and I am thrilled to continue my professional education with them.”

On a personal note, Menzies credits her husband for being a huge motivator in supporting her continued education. It meant the world to her to have her family encourage her to apply to the competitive program and stand behind her through the application process.

Three outstanding candidates from the NWESD region who were selected for a prestigious program offered through the University of Washington-Bothell. The ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) is a post-graduate program for aspiring special education administrators, focusing on the knowledge and skills needed for local education administration. As a grant-funded program supported by OSPI, only 18 students are selected from a large applicant pool for each cohort.

Jennifer Menzies (Lake Stevens), Tonia Johnston (Oak Harbor), and Wendy Stegall (Snohomish) were recently notified of their selection and will engage in an intense, cohort-based program consisting of two year-long seminars, a 400-hour internship requirement, and a set of performance tasks allowing candidates to demonstrate required proficiency. This blended online and face-to-face model combines summer and weekend meetings supplemented by e-learning resources, seminars, internship, and performance tasks.

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About The NWESD, located in Anacortes, is one of nine Educational Service Districts in Washington State. The NWESD serves 35 school districts in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan counties; providing leadership and cooperative services to the educational communities in the northwest region. For more information about the NWESD, please visitwww.nwesd.org.

Contact: Jessica Haag, NWESD Communications Specialist
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