To our Puyallup staff,
As we enter the holiday season, it is sometimes nice to receive
information that may help us to further our education and eventually
earn more money in the process. Movement on the certificated salary
schedule is currently based upon the level of education (credits earned
and degrees obtained) as well as the number of years staff have served
in the profession (years of experience). Although challenging to manage
at times, an “investment” in “continuing education” often pays back the
monetary investment many times over the life of one’s career.
As many of you are aware, we have actively sought out a partnership
to directly benefit the “continuing education” for staff members through
Washington State University Vancouver. At this time it is possible for
graduate programs through WSU Vancouver to be obtained right here in
Puyallup through a cooperative agreement with WSUV. Classes are held
three days per week at the PSD Education Service Center. We are one of
very few districts in the Puget Sound region to partner with a major
university and host such a program on site. The instructors in the
program are all practicing school and district leaders and this has made
WSUV- Puyallup a model for high quality ”continuing education” in the
There are many fine choices that our staff may access in this region
to further their education and to enhance their monetary compensation.
The University of Washington Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma, Western
Washington University extension programs, CWU, PLU, Seattle U, SPU, City
U, St. Martin’s, NNU, and several other education providers all offer
strong program options and upward movement on the certificated salary
scale. As mentioned previously, WSU Puyallup is an option that our
staff members, and educators from neighboring districts, will find here
locally for program administration and school administration
certification as well as master’s degree options. Dr. Glenn Malone can
be contacted should you have questions about the WSUV-Puyallup option.
Whatever choice one makes, please know that the Puyallup School District
is deeply appreciative of the efforts that our staff members make to
continually improve professional practice in service to our children.
The effort to form such partnerships and make the staff aware of the
many options available is done for the sole purpose of directly
supporting our students and staff members as we seek the very best
opportunities to continue improving our instruction, student growth and
achievement. Thank you, to our certificated and classified staff
members for the work you do each day to serve children. The recent
recognition the district has received for outstanding academic
achievement, welcoming schools, and the success of our arts, athletic
and activity programs are a great testament to the very diligent and
focused work of our entire team - certificated, classified and
administrative, working together to serve “each child” in Puyallup.
Thank You for your work!
Dr. Timothy S. Yeomans