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Reid Sundblad Selected as 2020 Regional Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release

Contact: Janine Thorn

June 12, 2019

Reid Sundblad has been selected as the 2020 Regional Teacher of the Year, announced Puget Sound Educational Service District!  He will be recognized during the school assembly to be held Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Reid Sundblad Selected as 2020 Regional Teacher of the Year with class

Mr. Sundblad teaches 8th grade physical education at his alma mater, Chinook Middle School in Highline Public Schools. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he coaches track and field, cross country, runs an after-school weight training club in the off seasons, and is the founder and mentor of an all-boys group advisory, Los Siete.

Reid Sundblad with Chinook Middle School Graduates

Reid's approach to teaching centers on building meaningful relationships that last even beyond middle school. He works hard to ensure that both his past and present students are heard, valued, and respected, and that they achieve their educational and personal goals. Reid also serves as:  Chinook Middle School health and physical education department chair; an Instructional Leadership Team member; a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team member; and a Highline secondary leadership team member for physical education and health.

As Regional Teacher of the Year, Sundblad will attend a weekend-long leadership retreat, share his inspiring educator story and his expertise and experience with a variety of communities, and advocate for educational issues that are most important to him.  Mr. Sunblad is now qualified as a candidate for the Washington State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the fall.  Congratulations, Mr. Sundblad!


On August 28, 2019, the Martin Luther King County Council passed historic legislation investing $318 million to improve educational outcomes for children and youth over the next 16 years. The investment, funded through voter-approved Sound Transit 3 proceeds, supports King County children and youth across the entire age spectrum, from early learning through postsecondary completion.  

Of the $318 million investment in the King County Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA):

  • $153.8 million will support the development of early learning facilities
  • $29.6 million will support community-based organizations working with students in the K–12 grades
  • $112.4 million will go to the King County Promise, which provides advising support for underserved high school and college students to get them to and through college
  • $22.6 million will be reserved for administration and evaluation
Read More about King County Promise Legislation Passed
AESD School Accreditation Services

Learn how AESD Accreditation aligns with School Improvement Planning and can help your school to provide the most value for your students.

LIT Interns

High school students are invited to learn with us and influence the work of the organization into the future. Interns will be part of LIT (Leaders in Training), and participate in learning and leadership sessions with other interns

Interns are compensated $15/hour and need to have transportation to meeting locations and worksite. Internships are held at PSESD (800 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, 98057). 
A transportation stipend of $100 is provided.

Welcoming Balloons

The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states; there are 553 agencies nationwide. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students. Annual budgets for ESAs total approximately $15  billion.

Read More about AESA Welcomes PSESD, John Welch, to the Executive Council
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We are on track for school budget cuts that disproportionately hurt students of color and those who are living in poverty — the very students who are negatively impacted by the opportunity gap we are all striving to close.

2019 Classified School Employee of the Year. Nominate Onlin

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 PSESD Classified School Employee of the Year. This annual award recognizes and honors the work of school and district classified staff. PSESD’s Regional Classified School Employee of the Year will serve as one of nine finalists for OSPI’s annual statewide award, which will be announced in the spring.

Read More about 2019 Classified School Employee of the Year Nominations