Jeni Zapatka has been with the Central Kitsap School District since January 1995. She taught at Junior High for 12 years before leaving the classroom to work as a Curriculum Specialist. She is National Board Certified in US History (2003 and 2013) Jeni was recognized at CKSD Teacher of the Year for 2007 and was selected as the Olympic ESD Regional Teacher of the Year. She has been working as the Director of Curriculum for Central Kitsap for the past five years focusing on growing teachers’ instructional skills. The district’s focus on being future ready by infusing blended learning has been a process she has enjoyed because it focuses on the heart of student engagement: collaboration, creativity, student voice and choice, and communication.