Meet Bethany Rivard

Learn more about Bethany below.

What’s your day job?

I am an English Language Arts and Theater teacher at Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies in Vancouver, WA.

How long have you been serving on the PESB?

This is my first year on the PESB board.

What drew you to becoming a PESB member?

As an educator, I have a unique and experienced voice in helping to strengthen the teaching profession statewide. I wholeheartedly believe in the vision and mission of PESB: to provide excellent educators who will meet the diverse needs of Washington school districts, and to prepare our students to succeed, both in P-12 and beyond.

What are you most excited about in your work as a PESB member?

I am excited to work with educators and stakeholders statewide to increase educator quality, provide meaningful and continued professional development, and to foster representative diversity in Washington's teaching corps. Collaboration between educators and stakeholders ultimately leads to student success!

What are your most meaningful takeaways from your time on the Board?


How would you encourage the Board’s stakeholders to become involved or more knowledgeable about the Board’s work?


What’s your favorite dessert?

Anything that includes chocolate and sea salt.

Any additional comments to the educators who read this?

Educators are a powerful indicator of student success. I would like to encourage educators to get involved in any way possible. We are uniquely qualified to help inform education decisions. Our seat at the table ensures that the needs of both teachers and students remains front and center in policy discussions.