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Teacher of the Year and Regional Winners

2000 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Marvin Sather

Marvin Sather
ESD 101
Riverside School District
Riverside High School

 

2000 Regional Teachers of the Year

ESD 105
David Carlile
Zillah School District
Zillah High School
ESD 112
Janis Heigl
Camas School District
Dorthy Fox Elementary
ESD 113
Theresa Downey
Tenino School District
Tenino High School
ESD 114
Madonna Hanna
Bremerton School District
Bremerton High School
ESD 123
 
Lynne Ameling
Vashon School District
Chautauqua Elementary
ESD 123
Maria Guillen
Kennewick School District
Ridge View Elementary
ESD 171
Dan Reed
Manson School District
Manson Secondary
ESD 189
 
Cherie Schuricht
Edmonds School District
Westgate Elementary

Marvin Sather

2000 Washington State Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
Marvin Sather
ESD 101
Riverside School District
Riverside High School

A high school English teacher at Riverside High School (Chattaroy), near Spokane, is Washington State’s Teacher of the Year - 2000.

Marvin Sather received the award at a press conference today (October 26) from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Terry Bergeson and Seattle Mariner Dan Wilson. The thirty-one year teaching veteran was selected from nine regional finalists in the state.

The award program recognizes and honors outstanding professional contributions of elementary and secondary classroom teachers. The Washington State Teacher of the Year will become Washington’s representative in the National Teacher program.

In making the announcement, Bergeson said, "For more than thirty-one years, Marvin has guided, molded, and prepared young minds with his enthusiasm and positive attitude. His single purpose is to do everything within his power to help students learn and succeed."

Sather says that even after thirty-one years of teaching, he finds himself spending many evenings and weekends reviewing materials, re-reading books, and planning new approaches. "I want every class period, everyday, fully prepared. If I care, they care."

"In the classroom, no one works harder than Mr. Sather to plan and facilitate lessons that are both interesting and challenging to his students," said Riverside High School Principal Dr. Mark Gorman. "Without fail, when our students return to visit staff members after graduating from high school, they identify Mr. Sather as the person having had the greatest influence on their young lives," said Gorman.

Sather earned his BA degree in 1967 from Whitworth College (Walla Walla), and a Master’s Degree in 1970 from Wisconsin State University. He began his teaching journey in education as an English teacher and department chairperson in 1967 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School (Marysville). From 1971 — 1993, Sather served as English teacher, department chairperson, and assistant principal at Libby High School (Libby, Mt). He has held his current teaching position at Riverside High School from 1993 to present.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) administers the Washington State Teacher of the Year Program with support from The Beresford Company and the Washington Education Association. The program, established in 1963, annually honors one outstanding teacher. The individual selected is the state’s nominee to the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year is honored in a White House ceremony in Washington D. C.

"We are honored to be part of this outstanding award program," said Beresford Company President Craig Beresford, "and this is our way to show support for public education."

A nine-member committee selected Sather. Selection committee members included representatives from: State Board of Education, Association of Washington School Principals, Washington State Association of School Administrators, Washington Education Association, Washington School Public Relations Association, Washington State PTA, Washington State School Directors’ Association, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the 1999 Washington State Teacher of the Year Karen Mikolasy (Shoreline School District).

David Carlile

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 105
David Carlile
Zillah School District
Zillah High School

To be nominated and then judged by my peers and community to be among the state's best educators is an extraordinary honor and a source of extreme encouragement. The true reward, however, is in having an opportunity to make a difference in the quality of lives–not just for today, but quite possibly for generations to come. Public education provides just such an opportunity.

I am humbled in knowing that such recognition is due in a major part to my family's encouragement, the remarkable teachers I experienced growing up, a highly motivated faculty with whom I work, and a supportive administration. Being named a regional finalist has served to raise the expectations I have of myself as an educator. I pray each day that I will be able to meet the challenge.

Theresa Downey

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 113
Theresa Downey
Tenino School District
Tenino High School

Whether teaching mathematics, leadership, or science, it is the whole person that I work to prepare, to influence, and to encourage. Educating today's teenagers is a challenge I find as exciting now, as it was when I first began. Today's teens are exposed to more media, more choices, and more opportunities. However, they still need similar instruction, emotional support, expectations, and opportunities to practice.

My leadership program at Tenino High School provides a framework within which students practice skills, evaluate projects, and learn from past experience. A student's glow of success when a project is brought to fruition is its own reward. It is my role to help them pat themselves on the back for a job well done and then to encourage them to set greater expectations for the next project.

In my role as Activity Director, I am privileged to work with other teachers who also view their job holistically. These teachers seldom count the hours as they help organize classes and projects that are good for students. These teachers renew my faith in public education because I know they will continue to prepare students for the future.

Madonna Hanna

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 114
Madonna Hanna
Bremerton School Distric
Bremerton High School

I strongly believe in connecting with the community and teaching students to use their talents to make their community a better place. To me, exposing students to the importance of community service through volunteerism is essential in today's society. The classroom must extend to encompass the community. Students must learn to be unselfish, giving and caring. I set the example by providing volunteer opportunities and then watching my students grow into better human beings.

My greatest triumph to date would be Flights of Fancy. It is an award winning teaching project that I share with the Bremerton and Tacoma communities. The Bremerton High School special needs program is teamed up with my fashion marketing students, they create an extraordinary fashion show. New found self-confidence and self-esteem are experienced by both sets of students. We have assisted The Bon Marche', Sears, and the Goodwill Industries of Tacoma with fashion shows featuring models with disabilities.

Lynne Ameling

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 121
Lynne Ameling
Vashon School District
Chautauqua Elementary

I have placed this quote over my classroom door and attempt to use it as my guide in teaching. "The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done-men who are creative, inventive, discoverers.  The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything that is offered."   Piaget

I have found support for this philosophy in a number of programs that work well with primary age children:

  • Junior Great Books

  • Writer's Workshop

  • Sciencing Workshop

  • Marilyn Burns' math activities

  • Multiple Intelligences Choice Centers

  • Mother Read - Father Read

I appreciate the support my selection as the regional Teacher of the Year has given to developmentally appropriate, constructivist learning in the primary grades.

Maria Guillen

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 123
Maria Guillen
Kennewick School District
Ridge View Elementary

It is a privilege to represent educators who have accepted the challenge to educate students with different academic abilities coming from diverse backgrounds.

Education is more than a teacher's job. Schools should have high expectations for all students. Teachers need to be well prepared to facilitate the knowledge for every student. Those in education need to believe that every child will rise to the expectations. The school and the home have to work together in the best interest of the student. The school boards and administrators need to support and promote high expectations. The state legislators need to provide funding for adequate resources. The community needs to provide worthy role models for all students. The students have to realize that they have the most important part in their education. Students need to come prepared to participate in the daily learning banquet that each teacher provides for them. Students need to realize that the choices they make today will impact their lives tomorrow. Education is everybody's job. We need to work together to create a successful student.

Dan Reed

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 171
Dan Reed
Manson School District
Manson Secondary

My teaching career began in 1962 at Yelm High School. I taught for 13 years including four years in West Africa. The next 14 years was spent in private business before returning to teaching 11 years ago.

I am retiring this year and can think of no better way to complete my career and begin the new millennium than to be honored as one of the nine best teachers in the state for the year 2000. I am also proud to have taught the state’s first completely interactive video class to five school districts.

Teaching has been a rewarding profession. I will miss the challenge, but most of all, I will miss my students.

Cherie Schuricht

2000 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 189
Cherie Schuricht
Edmonds School District
Westgate Elementary

There are two issues which are especially important to me, and I want to work hard to support them. First, because of the limited time we have with students, we all need to work smarter, not harder. We need to think carefully about what is important and be very intentional in our teaching. As we work to adjust our curriculum to help our students meet state standards, the ELRs are there to give us guidance and focus. They are not limiting and will not inhibit our creativity. If anything, it requires a great deal of creativity to develop units of study which blend many requirements.

Secondly, I have an area of concern–support for new teachers. Across the nation, thousands of people enter classrooms to become teachers. Despite good intentions and high expectations, 40 to 50 percent of them will drop out of the profession within the first seven years, most within the first two years. This is alarming. Washington is looking for new ways to support beginning professionals, but more needs to be done.

In my first year of teaching, I was fortunate to be part of a program, which put an experienced teacher in my classroom one full day a week to be my coach and mentor. For me, it meant the difference between a successful start and overwhelming discouragement. I hope all experienced teachers will do what they can to help our beginning teachers, and I encourage our legislators to make decisions which will support new teachers and their students.

   Updated 12/29/2008

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