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Teaching and Learning Services

Providing powerful strategies, data, and resources to teachers, principals, and educational assistants resulting in each student learning well is the department's mission. We accomplish our mission through direct services to students and guidance, support, and resources for educators.

Our student service offerings encompass a variety of programs for students with special needs including English Language Learners (ELL), Title 1, and struggling students. These services are based upon the same foundation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment provided for all general education students. In concert with Special Education, Career and Technical Education, and at-risk partners, these offerings constitute a full continuum of student services supporting our belief that in Issaquah all children can and do learn well.

Teachers, principals and educational assistants have very challenging jobs. Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) offer resources to assist them. We research and guide the selection of district-wide, standards-based instructional materials and programs. TLS offers a variety of professional development programs to ensure that highly qualified educational professionals work with students. Content specialists work with teachers to ensure the use of best instructional practices. We provide assessment and data analysis also.

The state of Washington has identified learning standards for grades K-10 at three benchmark levels; elementary, middle, and high school. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Curriculum and Instruction webpages contain in-depth information and resources related to the state standards. Please see additional information regarding teaching and learning under the Academics tab of our website.

Department Contact Information

Hend Hassan Administrative Assistant –
Elementary Curriculum Purchasing, Secondary Curriculum Purchasing
Shelley Frey Assessment Specialist 425-837-7105
Carolyn (Jodie) Warren

Teaching and Learning Services Technician,  Online Curriculum Access

Namrata Budhiraja Assistant to the Director –
English Language Learning (ELL)
Yasmin Masood Department Professional – 
Online Curriculum Access, Instructional Materials Committee Support, Tech Compensation
Bhuvana Mahalingam Department Professional – 
English Language Learning (ELL),
Reader's Workshop, Book Processing, Curriculum Kits, District Textbook Management
Laura Norris Department Professional – 
Homebased Learning, Title 1/LAP, Professional Development and Clock Hours

Related Webpages: Academics

Teaching and Learning Administrators

Rich Mellish
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning 

Dawn Wallace
Director - Teaching and Learning - Secondary

Michelle Pickard
Director - Teaching and Learning - Elementary

Diana Eggers
Director - Educational Technology