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    Learn more about the Diverse Educator Pathway Program and follow @ttsd.dep on Instagram! 

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  • Are you a high school senior or classified staff member interested in becoming an educator?

    Then the Diverse Educator Pathway Program might be a great fit for you

    Read below to learn more about what this program has to offer! 

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  • What is the Diverse Educator Pathway Program?

    Great question! Tigard-Tualatin wants to provide a pathway for racially and linguistically diverse high school seniors and classified staff members to enroll in an educator preparation program and obtain their teaching license. By hiring our Diverse Educator Pathway (DEP) participants, we hope to decrease the racial diversity gap between staff and students from 30.9% to 15%. 

    • DEP candidates are supported and guided while in the program via:
    • Professional development and affinity spaces 
    • Scholarships (for students) and real classroom experience 
    • Tuition reimbursement of up to $10,000 for the last two years of your program  
    • Guaranteed interviews with TTSD upon graduation 
    • Three-year contract with TTSD if a teaching/counseling position is accepted 

    Interested in applying?


  • Learn more about the Diverse Educator Pathway Program from our wonderful COMPASS candidates!

  • Hear about the DEP program from our amazing DEP students!


  • Are You a High School SENIOR Interested in Becoming an Educator?

    Do you want to make a difference by becoming an educator in your own community?

    Would you like to come back to TTSD and honor and reflect the lived experience of our amazing BIPOC students? 

    If you answered "YES!" to either question, then: 

    The Diverse Educator Pathway program is for YOU!!!

    We can offer support in:

    • Notifying you of scholarship opportunities 
    • Navigating the FAFSA and college admissions process
    • Support throughout your college journey 
    • Connecting you with other BIPOC students and providing time for you to gather in an affinity space
    • Guide you as you enroll in a teacher's program
    • After graduation, we will help you prepare for an interview for a teaching position at Tigard-Tualatain Schools!

    TTSD is currently accepting applications for the DEP Program!

    To apply for the program:

    • Fill out the DEP Student Interest Form 
    • Read over the program overview and make sure to get any questions answered by a Connector at your school. 
    • Fill out the application and turn it in to the DEP Navigator (Mariela Tyler) or a Connector at your school, along with:
      • Resume 
      • Unofficial Transcript (print out of your grades) 
      • Signed DEP Media Release Form 
      • Photo of yourself 
      • Letter of recommendation from an adult in your life (teacher, coach, parent, relative, etc.) 

    Questions? Reach out to a Connector at your school, or contact the Diverse Educator Pathway Navigator! 



    Mariela Tyler - Educator Pathway Navigator

    The program's Navigator is here to help you:

    • Find out if the Educator Pathways program is the right fit for you given your career goals
    • Assist you in completing the program's application 
    • Investigate licensure programs in the state 
    • Assist with the completion of university application materials 
    • Provide professional development around time management, study tips, equity and identity, apply for jobs, and interviewing strategies 

    Contact: Mariela Tyler - email: mtyler@ttsd.k12.or.us phone: 503.431.4156

    Mariela Tyler


    Educator Pathway Connectors

    The program Connectors are here to help you:

    • Find out if the Educator Pathway would be the best fit for you
    • Connect you with the Navigator 
    • Weekly check-ins to help guide you in the process of applying to programs, financial aid, scholarship essay support, interview strategies, etc. 
    • Help you connect with others in an affinity space if needed 

    Meet our Connectors! 

    Viridiana Morales - Educator Pathway Connector 

    Counseling Secretary - Tigard High School 

    Contact: Email: vmorales@ttsd.k12.or.us Phone: 503.431.5422

    Viri Morales

    Arnulfo Torres - Educator Pathway Connector 

    TWI Science - Fowler Middle School 

    Contact: Email: atorres@ttsd.k12.or.us Phone: 503.431.5058

    arnulfo torres

    Kat Toms - Educator Pathway Connector 

    Counselor - Tualatin High School 

    Contact: Email: ktoms@ttsd.k12.or.us

    Stacy Radja - Educator Pathway Connector 

    Third Grade - Templeton Elementary School 

    Contact: sradja@ttsd.k12.or.us

    Mikaela Diaz - Educator Pathway Connector 

    Learning Specialist - Tigard High School 

    Contact: mdiaz@ttsd.k12.or.us