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Dr. Carol Coe

Dr. Carol Coe (WA '95)

Vice President and Civic Education Liaison

Washington State Council for the Social Studies
Olympia, WA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Carol Coe was:

Puyallup High School
Puyallup, WA

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies, English/Language Arts
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

After retiring in 2003, Carol Coe returned to education as activities coordinator at Cleveland High School, the most ethnically diverse high school in Seattle. At the same time, Coe began facilitating a series of professional development classes entitled Democracy by Design. Previously, Coe taught English, social studies and study skills at Puyallup High School in Puyallup, where she helped to launch a number of innovative programs to reach students, including "non-traditional" learners. These included ENCORE, a program that gave students experiences outside the classroom. Students with an interest in psychology worked at a state mental health hospital, while those interested in science monitored water quality in nearby lakes and rivers. "We should adopt and live by the philosophy that in education there is no finish line," Coe once said. In 1994, she was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction. In 2011 Coe earned a PhD in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Washington. She currently serves as Social Studies Program Supervison at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia, Washington.

Additional Information


2011 PhD in Curriculum and Instruction

1969 University of Washington, B.A.

American Studies (Humanities), Assessment, Leadership, Social Studies Methods