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).
Shannon Cotton, State Systems Improvement Lead for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3)
Shannon began serving CSTP in July 2017 as the State Systems Improvement Lead for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) Grant. She is a health and fitness teacher in the Camas School District and earned her National Board certification in 2009. Shannon has 14 years classroom teaching experience and 7 years experience in candidate support facilitation.
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.
Holli Hanson, Director of Teacher Engagement and Initiatives
Holli began serving CSTP in August 2017 as the Director of Teacher Engagement and Initiatives. Bringing over 25 years of experience as an educator, Holli’s core commitment to equity and education were nurtured through her work in youth service programs in Washington DC and teaching incarcerated youth in Maryland, South Carolina and Florida. It was through these experiences that she began to realize the need to promote powerful learning opportunities for both students and teachers. Most recently, Holli served as Executive Director for Abeo School Change, where she facilitated professional development throughout the country focusing on Professional Learning Communities, developing teacher leadership capacity and utilizing collaborative tools to improve student learning and obtain equitable outcomes in schools and systems. As Associate Director for the Coalition of Essential Schools NW Center (CESNW), she was a consistent advocate of student-centered reform, teacher voice and championed CES Principles as a driver of equity. Additionally, Holli was an elementary and secondary counselor in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, WA.
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.
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.
Lindsey Stevens, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Washington State Site Director
Lindsey Stevens is a National Board Certified Teacher who lives in Tacoma and started with CSTP in August 2017 as the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Washington State Site Director. Previously she has been a high school social studies and English language arts teacher for 13 years and most recently was a full time release mentor teacher in the Sumner School District supporting new to career teachers at the secondary level. She has worked with CSTP as a consultant and presenter for the past four years and though she will miss her students and colleagues in Sumner her passion for all thing teacher leadership and effective instruction has led her happily to this new work.