For the past thirty years, our goal has been to provide relevant and rigorous education while cultivating relationships, wellness and professional interaction! Each site coordinator is committed to the Summer Institutes family atmosphere, catering to your needs, and providing ideas in a stress free and supportive atmosphere.
In 1982, while working as at teacher/coach for Central Washington University, Scott Ricardo was discussing and developing Extended Education Courses with his good friend, Dr. Ken Briggs. Ken suggested teaching football theory courses through such a program. The classes were successful and turned out to be a lot of fun! The first courses were held in Yakima, then on to Spokane, Olympia, Burien, Vancouver, and Wenatchee Washington.
In 1987, at the first meeting in a class in Olympia, Washington there were only 8 coaches; far short of the number needed for the class. Everyone was asked to recruit teachers who needed credits and then managed to pull enough in for the class. This negative experience turned out to be one of the best lessons learned. Enrolled in this course was Bob Cutler, and his during a project for the course he proposed the idea of holding a multiple subjects workshop site in Montesano. A friendship was formed, and with Bob’s generosity and sharp business savvy, the class had an enrollment of 100 the first year! The only obstacle faced was Bob’s neighbors threatening a lawsuit over the potential “Woodstock type traffic” near their pristine property. Needless to say, they were more happy when the first Summer Institutes conference was held at Montesano High School.
Throughout the years, Scott has chosen loyal Site Coordinators as independent contractors to direct their own workshops based on the Summer Institutes’ philosophy – “to provide professional multi-topic speakers, single subject breakout sessions, educational field-based learning opportunities , promote wellness and not burden teachers with unneeded paperwork.”
Our dynamic Site Coordinators include Scott Wilson (Snohomish), Maegan Mackelvie (Redmond, OR), Hillary McClintick (Eugene, OR, Roseburg, OR), Dick Comar (Okemos, MI, Livonia, MI), Marnie Pickett (Wenatchee, WA), Chris Mason, Fernando Alvarez (MosesLake, WA) and Matt Kincaid (Online Course), Amy Johnson/Stacie Neely (Spokane) and Barbi Riggs (Hillsboro, OR) – they have all been successful site coordinators, who add untold value to these conferences! My Former boss at WSU, Head Football Coach Jim Walden retired from SI in 2016. What a joy it was for the Spokane participants and for me being his boss! Sadly our longest tenured SC for 22 years, Tuck Gionet passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.
The Summer Institutes staff is proud and excited to hold its 30th Annual Summer Institutes. Scott will personally direct the workshops in Chehalis,WA, Tacoma, WA, Salem, OR and Modesto,CA. A host of other team members will be duplicating the successful Summer Institutes format across the country. Our goal is to make this a worthwhile educational and relationship bonding experience for years to come!
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