North Central ESD eNews

January 2015

Our Mission: To "Lead, serve and support the educational community."

Making Learning Personal in the "New School"

About North Central ESD

North Central ESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington. ESDs are an essential regional delivery system for K-12 services in the state. We create regional efficiencies, improve the effectiveness of educational programs, deliver vital services otherwise unavailable, and bring millions of dollars in new funding to schools in our state.

Lisa Snyder, 2015 Regional Teacher of the Year, honored at Eastmont Board meeting

NCESD Superintendent Rich McBride presented Lisa Snyder, teacher at Lee Elementary/Eastmont, with a plaque December 15 for her distinction as 2015 NCESD Regional Teacher of the Year. Lisa was featured as guest columnist in the winter edition of Educational Connections, sharing an article "Witnessing the Dawn" about her teaching experience.
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GWATA seeking nominations for two different awards

The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) is seeking nominations from YOU for "Future Technology Leader" (for students age K-12) and "Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom" (for K-12 teachers from Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan Counties). Please see headlines on the North Central ESD website to read more about the nominations and to access the applications. Please call Laura Jaecks at 509.661.3118 or email if you have questions.

New Partnership for the NCESD Educational Foundation

The Community Foundation of NCW and the Woods Family Music & Arts Fun have partnered with the ESD Foundation to provide a new category for the Foundation's Teacher Classroom Grants entitled "STEAM." Added to STEM is the concept of art/music, resulting in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Please see NCESD headlines for more information at This category has been added to the ESD Foundation Teacher Grant application.

Washington State Legislature is now taking Page applications

During each week of the legislative session, approximately 35 students ages 14 to 16 from across the state serve as legislative pages. It is a great opportunity to learn about the Legislature’s role, its process, and its participants. Go to the NCESD website headlines at to read more. For more information please visit: You may also contact Senator Parlette’s office at (360) 786-7622.

NCESD Educational Foundation elects officers and welcomes new Board members

Congratulations to Ray Allen for his election as 2015 President of the NCESD Foundation Board - and welcome to Kerrie Combs and Rufus Woods, new ESD Foundation Board members! Jan Cetto was elected Vice-President; Bill Baldwin as Secretary; and Jim Adamson as Treasurer. Congratulations to all!

The Retirement Academy for District Employees

Waiting to plan for your retirement could be costly. Learn how to plan effectively for your retirement in less than an hour at to watch a video about the Retirement Academy and for information about how to get started!