Teachers United Directors

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling

Director of Government Relations

Entering his eleventh year of teaching, Nathan Bowling currently teaches AP Government & Politics and AP Human Geography at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. A six year veteran of the Air Force Reserves and a graduate of the Evergreen State College, Nathan is the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, 2016 Puget Sound ESD Teacher of the Year and a 2014 Milken Foundation National Award Winner.


Hope Teague-Bowling

Director of Organizing

Hope Teague-Bowling is a National Board Certified Teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. She teaches Sophomore English, AP Language and Composition, and Leadership. In her spare time, she volunteers in her community and advocates for education policies that put students first through her work as the Director of Organizing for Teachers United.


Sara Ketelsen

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.


Mary Moser

Director of Communications

Entering her tenth year of teaching, Mary Moser currently serves as the Library Media Specialist at Clover Park High School in Lakewood.  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 Puget Sound Teacher Leader for Puget Sound ESD that includes blogging about Common Core, TPEP and LDC for their Corelaborate blog. 


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.

Richard Coker

Director at Large


In her eighth year of teaching, Jamie Romberg splits her time between teaching elementary English Language Learners and 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 mentor 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.

Jamie Romberg

Director of Publications