About The Board    

Message from the Chair

Parents in Washington will tell you that the most important work in the state is educating their children. Business leaders will tell you that students must be better prepared to take their place in a competitive workforce. Students will tell you they are more likely to be engaged in their learning if their teacher knows the subject area well and brings it alive in the classroom.

We agree. As members of the Professional Educator Standards Board, there are statements about the reform of education and the significance of the profession that we can make with certainty and assurance. Teaching matters. Leadership counts. Setting clear and high standards will help all children achieve at higher levels, but it is skilled educators who make it happen. We continue to affirm this as the result of research and discovery, discussion and deliberation.

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is responsible for setting and upholding high standards for the profession, ensuring that students encounter high-quality educators throughout their school experience. This deliberative body fulfills the state's intent for the profession to be self-governing, with a composition primarily of practicing educators and administrators joined by representatives from educator preparation programs, parents and citizens.

Luke Thomas
National Board Certified Teacher, Social Studies and Spanish, Mead School District

Board Members and Their Terms

Become a PESB Member

The Professional Educator Standards Board consists of twelve-members appointed by the Governor, the majority of whom are practicing educators.  If you'd like more information on whether serving on the PESB is for you, please view this six-slide presentation and/or contact Jennifer Wallace, PESB Executive Director, at (360)725-4951.  If you are ready to apply to serve on the PESB, please complete the application found on the Governor's Boards and Commissions website.