Welcome to Capital Region ESD 113! Whether you are a new employee or have been here for many years, we are delighted that you are part of the ESD 113 family. This page is your starting point for information about ESD 113.

Superintendent Welcome

New Employees


Welcome to Capital Region ESD 113! As our new employee, we are committed to your growth and development. Your onboarding is our long-term process to support you on your way to becoming a fully engaged team member!

You will experience:

  • Pre-Employment Paperwork. You will meet with Human Resources before your first day of work.
  • New Employee Orientation. The day you start work, you will attend a New Employee Orientation at the ESD in Tumwater with all the other new employees starting that day. Following the orientation, your department will welcome you. You will learn about ESD 113 and your program's operations.
  • WeAreESD113 Orientation. You will meet all the other new employees who have started working here within the past three months. You will also meet our ESD board members and executive team, and learn more about the ESD.

Want even more? Check the agency calendar for employee connection events.

Your voice counts! We will provide a form so you can give us feedback on your onboarding experience. This will help us improve our process for those who join the ESD after you.

If you have questions, contact your supervisor.

New Employee Checklist

As a new employee, there is a lot of information to take in. Use this checklist to help navigate your onboarding experience. If you have questions, connect with your supervisor or reach out to Human Resources.

Life at ESD

Office Hours

The Tyee site is open from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. Check with your department or site to confirm your working hours.

Avanti Market

The Avanti Market offers self-service food and beverage options to ESD 113 employees and guests. The Market is conveniently located mid-way down the main hallway of our Capital Event Center.

Employee Lounge and Outdoor Patio

Enjoy your lunch or visit with others in our employee lounge. Refrigerators and microwaves are available for your use. The employee lounge is located at the west end of the building. Or on a sunny day, relax on our outdoor patio just outside the lounge.

Warming Kitchen

Our Warming Kitchen, located in the Capital Event Center main hallway, is available for use by reservation to both internal and external clients. This space comes equipped with large reach-in refrigerators, freezer, ice machine, stand up warmer, and commercial dishwasher. This is not considered a commercial kitchen.

Supplies for conference rooms coffee and water service are available in the Warming Kitchen. Please see your department administrative support personnel or Capital Event Center personnel for training on the use of the equipment. All employees are welcome to use the ice machine.


Service Awards

Years of service awards are presented annually at our employee all-staff meeting in September. Employees are recognized for every five years of service.

ESD 113 Board of Directors Recognition

Employees may be recognized by the ESD 113 Board of Directors at a monthly board meeting for exemplary work and service.

Parking at Tyee

We ask that employees park in the back, leaving the front lot open to our guests. Additional parking is available in the grass beyond the fire lanes.

School Messenger System

ESD 113 uses the SchoolMessenger Notification System to communicate to staff members regarding ESD building closures and delays (e.g. inclement weather). In order to receive updates, you need to create your own contact preference profile using SchoolMessenger’s Contact Manager website. Contact the Payroll office to sign up.

Quiet Room

The quiet room, located at the west end of the Tyee building, is a private space dedicated for the purpose of nursing a child or soothing a temporary condition like a headache. Please limit your use of this space.

Before-You-Buy Store

The Before-You-Buy Store is located on the second floor (go through the warehouse and up the stairs). This store has new or gently used office supplies that staff no longer need. Check here first before you purchase new supplies.

Dress Guidelines

ESD 113 does not have a formal policy, and we don’t want one. However, it is important for our staff to demonstrate a professional appearance.

We allow a relaxed atmosphere. But if you’re presenting, attending meetings, or representing the ESD in some other way, please stick with a business casual dress.

These guidelines were created for staff employed at the Tyee site. Generally, the more contact you have with the public, the more formally you should dress.

Talk to your supervisor if you have questions about appropriate clothing for your work assignment.


All ESD staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program through First Choice Health. EAP provides assessment sessions with a licensed behavioral health professional for a variety of emotional, behavioral, family, relationship, mental health, or chemical dependency concerns. The username for the site is esd113.

The services are free of cost, convenient, and confidential. Employees, their spouse or significant other, and children up the age of 26 are eligible for the benefits.

EAP has a 24-hour toll-free phone line, where you will be greeted live by a customer service representative. Once you explain your need and preferences, they will match you with a provider. The provider will contact you within 24 - 48 business hours to schedule a session.

More information is available at the EAP First Choice Health website, or call 800-777-4114.



ESD 113 In-House Phone List

For a traditional printed copy of the phone list, please see the receptionist. The list below is searchable and sortable, and can be downloaded or printed.

wdt_ID Last Name First Name Department Telephone Number
1 Avery Dianna Teaching & Learning 6717
2 Anderson Dana Supt’s Office 6701
4 Otos Ed Facilities 6727
7 Krasch Jeff Teaching & Learning 6782
8 Westfall Heidi Human Resources 6856
9 Early Kelly Workers Comp 6883
10 Pearson Kim Early Learning Programs 6813
14 Lindsay Nichol Teaching & Learning 6711
15 Eyres Andrew Teaching & Learning 6711
17 Ames Denise CRISC 6785
18 Nelson Lynn Student Support 6866
21 Forbush Lynne Teaching & Learning 6783
24 Rupe Julie School Fiscal 6750
25 Beauregard Sue CRISC 6768
26 Thomas Cherrie Supt’s Office 6702
27 Benson Brian Internal Technology 6875
29 Wick Erin Student Support 6849
30 Johnson Todd Communications 6740
31 Gjelsteen Darlene CRISC 6763
32 Bianco Jamie Workers Comp 6889
33 May Mike Business Office 6758
34 Peterson Annette Business Office 6756
36 Wischer Barb CRISC 6774
38 Kahler Brandon Network Services 6793
39 Gonzales Marian Early Learning Programs 6812
40 Petrovich Jodi Human Resources 6860
41 Griffiths Stephanie CRISC 6769
42 Ellsworth Sara True North 6877
43 Yee Jackie True North 6873
44 Help Desk IT Internal Technology 6779
47 Morris Anne Gravity 6894
49 Duncan Don CRISC 6771
50 Lindekugel Holly Human Resources 6859
51 Heike Mark Workers Comp 6882
52 Brewster Keley Business Office 6755
53 Salzer Kelly Receptionist 6700
54 McWherter Christy Student Support 6876
56 Killough Scott Teaching & Learning 6703
57 Rice Russ Teaching & Learning 6733
58 Benavente Connie Business Office 6745
59 Harper-Kitzmiller Carrie edJobsNW 6795
61 Attaway Jason Early Learning Programs 6803
63 Jaudon Kristen Communications 6715
65 Roberts Frank Alicia Teaching & Learning 6843
67 Cromer Rachel CRISC 6791
68 Truax Erin Workers Comp 6850
70 Reams Cindy Front Office/Fingerprinting 6709
71 Chitwood Chris Student Support 6874
72 Patnode Kristi Early Learning Programs 6823
73 Stahl Jason Early Learning Programs 6814