Governor appoints two new members to PESB board

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March 7, 2019

Governor appoints two new members to PESB board

Governor Inslee has appointed veteran educators, Michelle Milne and Adam Aguilera, as the newest members to join the Professional Educator Standards Board. Adam and Shelly bring a wealth of knowledge, professional experience, and a proven track record of commitment towards improving and advancing education policy. We look forward to their future support of ensuring all Washington educators are highly qualified and trained professionals who meet the diverse and unique needs our students. Both Shelly and Adam will be joining us in March for their first meeting. See our website for meeting information.

Meet Michelle

shelly milne

Michelle, “Shelly,” Milne brings to the Board tremendous experience as a public school teacher with over 30 years of service. She has led an active role in education policy, and has National Board Certifications in Early Adolescence / English Language Arts, as well as in Library Media.

One particular source of inspiration for Shelly is drawn from helping others strive to be better at what they do. She states, “As a middle school teacher librarian, I am inspired daily by the teacher working to get the right book for one of her reluctant readers, by the student sharing the latest book he finished with me, by the support staff finding ways to connect with kids in our after school program, but if I need an extra dose, I just head down and watch the 5th grade band class practice.” We are excited for all that Shelly will bring to the Board and look forward to learning more about her.

Shelly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Washington University, and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development from Lesley University.

Meet Adam


Adam Aguilera has been involved in the education sector for a number of years, most notably as an 11-year teacher in Evergreen Public Schools. Adam also holds a National Board Certification in English, and has been actively involved in education policy through his work with the Washington Education Association. Adam’s face is likely familiar with many of you, as he has been involved in a variety of PESB workgroups, including the testing barriers and case-by-case exceptions.

Adam says he's "excited to be involved in public policy that will expand “Grow Your Own” programs to diversify the educator workforce, eliminate barriers to keep them from the classroom, and expand opportunity for all graduating students to enter the profession of education.”

Adam earned his Bachelor’s of English and Masters in Education from Washington State University.

A farewell

It is with mixed emotions we also announce Tammie Schrader’s departure as a member of the Professional Educator Standards Board. Since 2014, Tammie has played a critical role in helping advance PESB’s mission and vision. Her contributions have led to a multitude of successful implementations and program accomplishments. We want to thank her for over four years of dedication and commitment to serving Washington’s educators, and wish her nothing but success in future endeavors and we hope to involve her in ongoing work surrounding microcredentials. We plan to recognize Tammie at the May Board meeting.

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