Coordinator, Alternative Route Teacher Certification
Department of Teaching and Learning
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1671
Lindsay Lightner coordinates the Alternative Route teacher certification program at WSU Tri-Cities. She helps school districts to alleviate teacher shortages in hard-to-staff subjects such as special education and bilingual education by helping their paraprofessionals to become certified teachers. As part of this mission, Lindsay advises paraprofessionals who are prospective education students regarding program entry and helps recruit students from area school districts. She supports alternative route teacher candidates throughout their time as WSU education students, acts as liaison between students and the College of Education’s certification office, and aids in program development and administration.
Lindsay is also a PhD candidate at WSU in Mathematics and Science Education, specializing in understanding how preservice teachers integrate their work, field, and university experiences as they become science teachers. She holds a BA in geology from Carleton College and an MA from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. She has worked as a middle school science teacher in New York City, an English instructor and advisor at Pennsylvania State University, and a lecturer and student teacher supervisor at Canterbury Christ Church University for London, England’s Teach First program.
Lindsay was the recipient of the College of Education’s Staff Excellence Award in 2019, and her research on alternative route teacher candidates’ experiences received first place in the social sciences category at the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association’s 2017 Research Exposition. When she’s not helping students navigate the university or researching how to help them become amazing science teachers, she enjoys hiking and exploring the Northwest.