Learning & Teaching

The Monroe School District's Learning and Teaching Department supports schools by providing effective, research-based classroom instructional materials, professional development for staff, and the coordination of state and district assessment/testing. Our goal is focused on upholding the Monroe School District’s commitments to Powerful InstructionEquitable Access, and High Expectations for all students we serve.

Our team of professionals provide the following services:

  • Oversight for the selection, implementation, and ongoing support of instructional materials aligned with Washington State Learning Standards
  • Coordination of state- and district-level assessments in order to support teachers’ instructional decisions to improve overall student learning
  • Guidance for schools to align instructional practices with current research and best practices
  • Coordination with schools around professional development for staff
  • Assurance that all schools uphold local, state, and federal educational requirements specific to funding, including LAP, Title, and local levy allocations

Meet the Learning & Teaching Team

Kim Whitworth, Chief Academic Officer

(360) 804.2550

  • Staff Development & Instructional Leadership
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE) Director
  • Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) Chair/Instructional Materials Oversight
  • I-Grants
  • Contract Schools Liaison
  • Student Transfers
  • Community Liaison

Cheri Erickson, Office Manager

(360) 804.2550

  • District Test Coordinator
  • Staff Development/PDS
  • Instructional Materials Adoption Process (IMC)
  • Department Budget Management
  • Substitute/Meeting Calendar
  • Textbook Tracking
  • TOSA Support

Shannon Barksdale, Career & Technical Education Department Manager

(360) 804.4512

  • CTE Budget
  • CTE Purchasing
  • CTE Staffing
  • CTE Inventory
  • CTE Tech

Melissa Bowden, Director of Student Information Services

(360) 804.2552

  • CEDARS Administrator
  • District Student Enrollment
  • Youth Re-Engagement & Running Start 
  • Skyward Student Management Support
  • Skybuilds and Program Implementation
  • Third Party Vendor/Skyward Integration

DeAnn Hermes, Director of Digital Learning

(360) 804.2577

  • Library Programs
  • Canvas Administrator
  • K-12 Digital Learning Program
  • Student Data Privacy
  • STEM/Computer Science
  • Instructional Technology Steering Committee

Rachel Rathgeber, Student Information System Support

(360) 804.2573

Kayla Luke, Special Programs Support

(360) 804.2551

  • ELL & Interpreter/Translation Services
  • Title 1/LAP
  • Highly Capable
  • McKinney Vento (Homeless)
  • Student Discipline
  • Science Kit Maintenance


Robin Lampers, Teacher on Special Assignment (T.O.S.A.)

(360) 804.6775

  • Mentor for new teachers in the district (primarily secondary and ELL support)
  • Support for second year teachers in the district (BEST grant)
  • ELL program support for secondary schools (PPM, HRMS, MHS)
  • Support/Monitoring for Transitional ELL students @ MHS
  • Pro-Teach, teacher support


Sandra Monson, Teacher on Special Assignment  (T.O.S.A.)

(360) 804.2617

  • Learning Assistance Program Coordinator (K-12)
  • Highly-Capable Program Coordinator (K-12)
  • Instructional Coach: English Language Arts & Math (K-5)
  • Beginning Educator Support Team Coordinator (K-12)
  • New Teacher Mentor (K-5)


Shannon Tarrach, Director of Career & College Readiness

(360) 804.2550

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • High School and Beyond Plans (HSBP)
  • Industry and Post Secondary Partnerships 
  • Dual Credit/Industry Recognized Credential Opportunities
  • Sno-Isle/JROTC

Jennifer Murphy, Director of Curriculum & Assessment

(360) 804.2574

  • Curriculum Adoption and Refresh Cycle
  • Assessment & Data Literacy
  • Student Data Privacy
  • Instructional Materials Committee Co-Chair
  • Data and Assessment Committee
  • Community Liaison