Western Area Group

Serving: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties

Districts: Aberdeen, Adna, Boistfort, Centralia, Chehalis, Cosmopolis, Elma, Evaline, Grapeview, Griffin, Hood Canal, Hoquiam, Lake Quinault, Mary M. Knight, McCleary, Montesano, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Naselle-Grays River Valley, New Market Skills Center, North Beach, North Mason, North River, North Thurston, Oakville, Ocean Beach, Ocosta, Olympia, Onalaska, Pe Ell, Pioneer, Rainier, Raymond, Rochester, Satsop, Shelton, South Bend, Southside, Taholah, Tenino, Toledo, Twin Harbors Skills Center, Tumwater, White Pass, Willapa Valley, Winlock, Wishkah Valley, Yelm

Join This WACTA Area Group

Goals for 2023-24

  • Skilled and Technical Sciences Re-approvals
  • WSL Funding vs. credits (1:1, 2:1) 
  • Mastery Based Learning vs. Mastery Based Grading discussion
  • New teacher supports – Development of Training Options
  • ASL Professional Development

Related Events

Organizer: Area Group
12:00 pm

Committee Representatives


Paula Perryman, Olympia


Teri Melone, Yelm

Conference Planning

Lynn Green, Aberdeen

CTE Administrative Program Advisory

Gretchen Maliska, Shelton


Brad Hooper, North Thurston


Brian Hardcastle, Tumwater

What do Area Group Leaders do?

  • Participate in WACTA meetings:
    • WACTA Executive Board/Group Leader meetings
    • Area Group Leader conference calls
    • WA-ACTE Legislative GoTo Meetings (if Legislative Representative cannot)
  • Establish or update Area Group communication tree:
    • Member telephone numbers (work and home)
    • Member mailing addresses (work and home)
    • Member e-mail addresses (work and home)
    • Contact system
  • Identify Area Group legislative representative and inform them of their responsibilities
  • Conduct local area group meetings:
    • Develop agenda
    • Communicate meeting dates, time, and location to members and OSPI Career & Technical Education staff
    • Share WACTA Program of Work and current issues (including legislative)
  • Develop or solicit submittals for WACTA Board meetings and website
    • Area Group report for WACTA Board meetings
    • Informational articles for posting on WACTA website
  • Organize Area Group door prize contributions to Fall and Spring Conferences if area group is asked to assist
  • Organize Area Group participation in WACTA Awards and activities:
    • Scholarships
    • Administrator of the Year Award
    • Annual Program of Work committee assignments
  • Facilitate communication of state level CTE issues to Area Group members, as well as local Area Group concerns/input to WACTA Executive Board