Professional Learning

WELL: Women in Education Leading and Learning

WELL Summit

Save the date

Thank you for making our first-ever WELL Summit a great one! Save the date for next year's Summit, Nov. 4-5, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport.

About the Summit

The 2019 Summit was AWSP's first ever event to empower, connect, inspire, support, and develop women in educational leadership. Workshop included “Tammy Talks” (the WELL version of Ted Talks), built in planning sessions for collaboration, and more.

The Summit featured an evening reception allowing registrants a chance to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake during a fun event where participants discovered their inspirational WORDs, and enjoyed an energizing kick-off message from Dr. Mia Williams and Dr. Charlotte Stingley-Ellis.

Among other presenters, attendees heard a keynote from Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington

Keynote Presenters

 Susan Mullaney
Susan Mullaney 
Susan Mullaney is the president of Kaiser Permanente Washington, which was established Feb. 1, 2017, following Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative and its subsidiaries. In her role as president, Mullaney leads the nonprofit health plan, which provides high-quality affordable health care to more than 700,000 members in Washington.

Dr. Phyllis Donatto 

Growing up as the oldest of five children in a small town in rural Arkansas, Phyllis understood early on in life the principle of service. As an educational consultant, Phyllis provides school districts with professional development training in improving instructional practices and curriculum alignment. She has presented at the international, national, and state level on topics ranging from effective course design to teacher effectiveness.

 Angela Kelly Robeck
Angela Kelly Robeck 
Angela Kelly Robeck is well versed in teaching and school leadership, having been a teacher for over 15 years and a school principal for 6 years. She is a certified coach of The Life Coach School and specializes in helping school leaders navigate their job demands so they can lead with confidence AND have a life outside of school. She deeply understands the emotional toll of educational leadership and how profoundly it impacts people's lives. 

Tammy Talks

WELL Prepared 
Tennille Jeffries-Simmons
Tennille serves as the assistant superintendent of System and School Improvement at OSPI. Prior to OSPI, Tennille served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Spokane Public Schools (SPS) for six years. Tennille serves on the National Policy Makers Council for Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Education Research (CALDER) and has served as the president for the Washington School Personnel Association (WSPA).

Krestin Bahr
WELL Connected 
Krestin Bahr
Krestin is a science teacher who became a superintendent to make great systems for children. Reflective of nature, she works with others to infuse and encourage curiosity, imagination and wonder into public education systems. Creating systems for families with equity and access in mind and supporting innovation at all levels is her passion and her joy.  

WELL Organized
Jessica Vavrus

Jessica Vavrus is the Executive Director of AESD and OSPI Network Executive Director. She is formerly the Deputy Executive Director of WSSDA, and took on this new role in early August. Before her work at WSSDA, Jessica spent almost 15 years serving in a variety of leadership roles at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). One of those roles was as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. In that role, Jessica connected the work of OSPI with efforts in each of the nine regional Educational Service Districts (ESDs) to develop an equitable and accessible statewide delivery system to support school districts and educators in providing instruction and other important services through the AESD.

Angela Brooks_cropped
WELL Balanced 
Dr. Angela Brooks
Dr. Angela Brooks, founder and CEO of ABR Consulting, is leading the way in restorative school transformations. Throughout her 20+ years in education, she has had first-hand experience in being a direct change agent in school transformations resulting in high achievement for all students. With Compassion, Achievement, and Hope at the heart of school transformation, Dr. Brooks has a unique approach in assisting educators to create and sustain a culture of hope so all students and staff can learn, achieve, and thrive. Her expertise is in social emotional learning, multi-tiered systems of support, and creating and sustaining positive school cultures.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Mia Williams
Executive Director of the Department of African American Male Achievement, Seattle PS

Dr. Charlotte Stingley-Ellis
Principal on Special Assignment,
Pasco SD

Registration Options

Registration is now open! Registration includes meals, materials and clock hours.

Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport
17338 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188

We have secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate. The link below will take you into our group block.


For More Information 

Macy Bruhy | Professional Learning & Intern Support | (800) 562-6100