Nasue Nishida, Executive Director
Nasue Nishida has been at CSTP since 2008. During that time, she has served as the Policy Director, Associate Director and is currently the Executive Director since 2013. Prior to CSTP Nasue worked in education policy for the Professional Educator Standards Board and managed federal grant programs and projects for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Before working for the state, Nasue worked for U.S. Senator Patty Murray in her Seattle office as her Outreach Coordinator and coordinated her Youth Involvement team. Nasue’s interests are in education policy – what it is, how it is formed, how educators can inform it and its impact on students and educators. In her spare time, Nasue enjoys spending time with her family and friends, registering for athletic races (but not actually training for them) and watching TVW (Washington’s form of C-SPAN).
Sarah Applegate, Director of Teacher Leadership and Learning
Sarah Applegate started with CSTP in August of 2016, after 21 years in the North Thurston Public Schools where she was an English teacher for three years and a Teacher-Librarian for 18 years. She has been an active member of the Washington Library Media Association (President, Advocacy Co-Chair and Secondary Levels Chair), has helped grow National Board Certification as an OSPI Regional Coordinator and facilitator since 2003 and has worked with CSTP since 2006. In 2011, Sarah was a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant recipient and spent four months in Finland studying their education system.
She is passionate about teacher development, collaborative teaching and learning, and ensuring that teachers voices are front and center of educational decision making.
Cindy Rockholt, SEED Grant Program Coordinator
This year, Cindy is on a leave of absence from the Yakima School District so she can serve as the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program Coordinator for Washington State. The SEED Grant goals are attracting and supporting National Board Candidates in Challenging Schools and in STEM fields AND supports pathways and training for NBCTs to serve as Instructional Leaders in schools that need them most. Cindy has 20 years classroom teaching experience and 3 years as an Instructional Specialist working with teachers Pre K – 12. Cindy also serves as a NBC Teacher Leader for many CSTP initiatives, an OSPI National Board Regional Coordinator and is WEA’s NBCT coordinator for National Board support events like Jump Start.
Do you have questions about National Board and how the process can impact your practice? Ask me!
Erin Marzwick, Communications and Events Coordinator
Erin Marzwick started with CSTP in March 2014 as the Communications and Events Coordinator. Prior to CSTP, Erin worked for the Professional Educator Standards Board for ten years, most recently in educator data and communications. Erin is a life-long learner and passionate about using technology to increase access to resources and learning materials. She frequently watches “how-to” videos on YouTube and takes free online classes. In her spare time, Erin loves to travel, go on walks with her pug, and attemp new recipes found on Pinterest.
Jeannie Gruber, Finance Manager
Jeannie began serving CSTP in July 2015 as the Finance Manager. Prior to this she worked as the Executive Director at United Way of Mason County followed by the Director of Volunteer Programs for United Way of Thurston County. Olympia has been her home for 7 years where she enjoys gardening, hosting dinner parties and spending time with her husband Jeff and her two daughters Ruby and Sophia. She seeks to maintain an attitude of gratitude and hopes to laugh at least once per day.
Cindy Kleinfelter, Clock Hour Specialist
Cindy Kleinfelter started with CSTP in November 2004. Prior to that she worked for the Central Kitsap School District in the Curriculum Office for 12 years doing Staff Development Support, Event Organizing, Clock Hour Support, Testing Support and Building Technology Support. She received her Associate in Technical Arts at Olympic College in 2003. Her passions are crafting, travel, movies and spending time with her family. With 20+ years of clock hour experience, she’s the go-to gal for clock hour questions.