August 7, 2021

Letter from the Dean             

Screen-Shot-2021-08-06-at-7-17-54-PM-(1).pngWith the 2020-2021 academic year now over and a summer month behind us, the warmth of the August sun as well as a slower pace has prompted our school to reflect on all that we, our students, and partners have accomplished during the past year. Our collective effort to successfully support student completion and carve out a few moments of joy has been remarkable. The video-graduation celebrations involving students surrounded by their loved ones demonstrated that we are a resilient lot. 

Yet all of us in the school recognize that these celebrations were unusual ones. Many of the school’s graduating students voiced the hope to someday meet their colleagues face-to-face in the near future. Others congratulated one another for their accomplishments, acknowledging all of the expanded responsibilities of caring for children while working from home and attending to family members afflicted by the virus. 

Honestly, the COVID environment with its ever-oscillating successes and challenges was intense and fatiguing. Time and time again, community members rallied and rose up to meet and embrace the positives - the learning, the adaptations, the new opportunities.

The lessons learned over the last year and a half affirm that all of us have the ability to persevere and thrive. Our school remains optimistic and will move the positives forward into this upcoming year with excitement for more face-to-face interaction, continued collaborations, and renewed relationships with our alumni and district and community partners.

Best Regards,

Dr. Edward Buendia

Dean and Professor, School of Educational Studies


  • 39 Bachelors of Arts in Educational Studies
  • 64 B.A.s in Educational Studies with Elementary Education Option
  • 14 Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureates
  • 8 Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureates
  • 21 Masters of Education, including:
  •      3 graduating with an endorsement to teach ESOL in Washington state.
  •      5 graduating with Washington State Principal certification through our LEDE program.

M.Ed. Graduates' Resilience Celebrated During Virtual Hooding Ceremony

On June 11th, UW Bothell leadership and the Office of Ceremonies held a hooding ceremony over Zoom for our Masters in Education degree graduates. In a typical year, this event would be a grand celebration with food and family, an event in which students, faculty and staff dress up in their finest academic regalia (i.e. funny hats, puffy gowns, and colorful sashes common throughout the medieval universities of Europe). This year, as we know, was not typical.

During the ceremony, Dr. Wayne Au reflected on just a few of the events that shocked our world over the last 16 months: assaults on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, a humanitarian crisis as variants of the coronavirus spread through the Indian subcontinent, a reminder of on-going impacts of colonialism with the uncovering of mass graves of indigenous school children in Canada, the persistent rise of anti-Asian violence around the world, and the combination of COVID-19 and structural racism - named in the U.S. as the “twin pandemic.” 

Despite this grim list, Dr. Au reminded us that this past summer also saw the largest popular movement in U.S. history in support of racial justice, and that the real cause for celebration is perseverance. This year’s graduates were shining examples of resilient SES community members. He told students:  

“You have survived. You have had personal tragedy and personal victories. Sitting together now, (this celebration) is a testament to survival. Be proud.”

The hooding ceremony was filled with laughter, tears, and gratitude.   

A total of 18 graduates were recognized during the ceremony with the help of family, friends, and pets. The cohort celebrated one another – sometimes using a chair to put on their graduation hoods.  

Virtual Image of M.Ed. Graduate Hooding Ceremony

After the ceremony people shared their feelings, thoughts and plans for the future.

Dr. Tyson Marsh took time to offer gratitude to our graduates.  “Thank you for what you taught us…Solidarity and collaboration are essential to moving forward.”

“It has been a joy working with everyone in this cohort and I am just so excited for you all.  So good job!”  said Michele Graaff, Graduate Academic Advisor.

Many students reflected back on a year in which they thought completing a Master’s degree was “mission: impossible”.  They expressed their gratitude to their colleagues and professors for the opportunity to grow, learn, and for creating a safe space for their voices to be heard. 

At the time of the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, these students had never met in-person, but graduate Erin McFeely was planning a gathering at a local park for her fellow colleagues to finally meet one another. 

Michele Graaff invited graduates to celebrate throughout the day in their regalia, especially when in need of a pint of ice cream.   

Stephanie Peterson

PHOTO: Stephanie Peterson, quick stop on the long journey

SES Graduate Ana Radzi Honored as Member of This Year's Husky 100

Congratulations to Ana Radzi! Each year the Husky 100 recognizes a select group of undergraduate and graduate students from UW Bothell, UW Seattle and UW Tacoma who are making the most of their time in higher education. These honorees actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future. Through their passion, leadership and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience.

Ana is 1 of 12 students representing UW Bothell on this year’s list.Radzi,-Ana-Final.jpg

Ana graduated from our Elementary Education Teacher Certification program this past spring and believes that the most important part of one's future is a strong foundation of solid education:

“Growing up, I never saw myself in the classroom. I felt misrepresented and unwelcomed. My experience prompted me to have a powerful impact in my future teaching and advocacy. I’m here today as a future educator to stand up for the voiceless, ensuring diversity as an asset in my classroom. My aspiration is to not only promote students to reach their highest learning potential, but to also establish an optimistic generation to change our society.”

Ana’s passion for teaching and her desire to inspire and motivate our nation’s youth are just several reasons why she was chosen for this year’s Husky 100. 

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program Still Accepting Students Fall 2021

The M.Ed. program is a one-year Master's degree providing focused professional development for educators in all learning communities, both inside and outside of the classroom.  

M.Ed. students are provided the academic foundations needed for career advancement within educational communities, to take on leadership roles within the profession, and to make significant contributions to the future of children, youth, and families.

Students admitted choose one of two concentrations.

  • The Critical Educational Change and Leadership (CECL) Masters Degree integrates critical awareness of systemic oppression with liberatory, social-justice practices for educators across sectors. 
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement is designed for currently-certified Washington State teachers seeking to add an ESOL Endorsement.

The 2021 M.Ed cohort was 27 students strong, and we look forward to exceeding that number with new applicants this year. Interested prospective students can learn about the program and steps to apply by viewing the video below, created by academic advisor MIchele Graaff.

Dr. Sarah Shear Soars with Since Time Immemorial (STI)

STI LogoJoin us in recognizing Dr. Sarah Shear and SES students for the launch of the new SES 5-credit course series for all K12 teacher candidates. The series was developed to meet the Washington state required Since Time Immemorial (STI) curriculum for K12 school teachers and was taught the first time in spring 2020.

The two quarter series,Teaching and Learning Tribal Sovereignty, educates students about historical and contemporary issues around tribal sovereignty, Native-U.S. treaty relationships, settler colonialism, and more. In the first course, students acquire the background knowledge they need to teach the STI curriculum. The STI curriculum becomes the centerpiece in the second course, and students consider the ways they can give voice to Indigenous ways of knowing across all grades and content areas.

Dr. Shear reflected on her experience in developing and teaching the series:

“From speaking with colleagues directly involved with STI and understanding the history of problematic teaching about and to Indigenous peoples and nations in K-12 schools, it became clear we needed as much credit space as possible for future teachers to begin this transformative educational journey.”  

Dr. Shear has gone beyond the state’s minimum credit requirements in order to engage students with a variety of texts, including research and classroom-based writings by Indigenous educators, children’s books by Indigenous authors, curricular resources from Indigenous-led organizations and their collaborators, and an assortment of short and full-length documentary films.

Changing Seasons, Changing Places

The season of summer signifies change - a time of new blooms, new adventures, and new reflections - and also signals the welcoming of new faculty and student cohorts and the exit of SES community members.  We welcome our new community members and are grateful for our exiting staff and faculty for their efforts during this extraordinary time of change in education.  

Welcome to New Summer Faculty Members!4 Seasons Image

  • Mary Ellen Huggins, affiliate instructor, mathematics education
  • Emily Nusbaum, affiliate instructor, disability culture  

A Fond Farewell to SES Faculty!

  • Steve Grubb, affiliate instructor LEDE 
  • Pete Misner, affiliate instructor LEDE
  • Mary Ann Unger, teaching associate in LEDE
  • Michele Williams, affiliate instructor in field instruction for Elementary Education/ESOL

A Fond Farewell to SES Staff!

  • Marissa Heringer, director of academic services to UW Seattle Continuum College 
  • Kristen Labrecque, academic advisor to Shoreline College
  • Setareh Shayanpour, student office assistant to the beaches of San Diego, CA