Teachers United Directors
Director of Government Relations
In his twelfth year of teaching, Nate Bowling is veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves and a graduate of the Evergreen State College. He was a 2014 recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, and was one of four finalists for the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. Nate was also a recipient of the 2016 Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award from Evergreen. He’s been published in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Huffington Post, and US Department of Ed Website. He blogs about teaching, matters of justice, and educational equity issues at natebowling.com and is the host of the Nerd Farmer Podcast. Nate currently teaches AP Human Geography and AP Government & Politics at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.
Director of Organizing
Hope Teague-Bowling is a National Board Certified Teacher English Language Arts/AYA. She teaches Sophomore English, AP Language and Composition at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. In her 12th year, Hope serves on her Professional Development Leadership Team, is English Dept Co-Chair, and does a bunch of other (mostly unpaid) work. In her spare time, she volunteers in her community and advocates for education policies that put students first. She co-hosts the Interchangeable White Ladies Podcast and writes at hopeteague.com
Director of Policy
Entering her twelfth year of teaching, Sara Ketelsen is a National Board certified teacher who currently teaches CWU College in the HS AP Calculus & Pre-Calculus as well as Algebra 1 at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. Sara has actively sought connections with teacher preparation programs with area colleges serving on their Professional Educator Advisory Boards, as a guest lecture for math methods courses and in helping local Community Colleges to align with Core to College.
Director of Communications
Entering her eleventh year of teaching, Mary Moser is the Library Media Specialist at Clover Park High School in Lakewood. She was a 2016 recipient of the South Sound 40 Under 40. In addition, she serves as the AVID coordinator for her school and as the Clover Park Education Association Secretary. Before switching to the library, Mary taught 9th grade Humanities, where she earned her National Board Certification in English Language Arts/AYA. Mary serves on several district committees and building leadership roles around literacy, technology, and student engagement. Mary serves as a Washington State Teacher Leader for Puget Sound ESD as a blogger for corelaboratewa.org
Entering his ninth year of teaching, Rich Coker is a National Board certified teacher currently teaching Contemporary Global Issues and AP English Literature at Technology, Engineering, and Communications High School in the Highline School District. In both his current position and in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, where he began his career in 2008, he serves his professional community through active HEA and WEA representation and teacher-leadership in a variety of capacities. Rich collaborates with a broad activist community across building and district lines to research and promote workable solutions to legislative and policy issues affecting Washington's most underserved and underrepresented students and families.
Director at Large
In her ninth year of teaching English Language Learners, Jamie Romberg is serving as an ELL Consultant Teacher in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood. She enjoys collaborating with new and veteran educators alike as a BEST Mentor for beginning teachers and a facilitator for National Board Certification candidates. Jamie stays actively involved in local and national efforts that address the needs of students, such as improving ELL standards, instruction and assessment as well as strengthening schools' outreach and partnerships with families.
Director of Publications