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Teacher of the Year and Regional Winners

2003 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Veronique Paquette

Veronique Paquette
ESD171
Eastmont School District
Kenroy Elementary

 

2003 Regional Teachers of the Year

ESD 101
Cheryl Johnson
West Valley School District
Centennial Middle School
ESD 105
Alix Carlson
Grandview School District
Arthur Smith Elementary
ESD 112
Rosemary Fryer
Evergreen School District
Heritage High School
ESD 113
Laura Carle
Aberdeen School District
Miller Junior High School
ESD 114
Lisa Hodin
South Kitsap School District
Cedar Heights Junior High School
ESD 121
 
Tracy Livingston
White River School District
Mountain Meadow Elementary School
ESD 123
Paul Dann
Richland School District
Jason Lee Elementary
ESD 189
 
Beth Crissy
Bellingham School District
Bellingham High School

Veronique Paquette

2003 Washington State Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
Veronique Paquette
ESD171
Eastmont School District
Kenroy Elementary

Veronique Paquette is the 2003 Washington State Teacher of the Year. She teaches second grade at Kenroy Elementary in the Eastmont School District.

Veronique has a passion for her teaching and the children she works with each day. Her belief in integration within curriculums has helped to successfully integrate her second grade curriculum. She uses science as a catalyst for creating an environment for all her students to learn and grow as individuals.

The classroom becomes the world. As a new unit is introduced, the classroom takes on the characteristics of that habitat or environment. The students help to create this world with their research, investigations and artwork. Each learner is responsible for bringing information into the class and the learning of others.

All children in Veronique’s classroom learn and thrive in this type of learning environment. Each child is viewed as an individual with strengths. Each individual learner becomes a teacher to others in the class. A "family" feeling comes out in the classroom. The class works as one unit to help and guide each other in their learning. Veronique views herself as a facilitator more than a teacher. She spends her time leading the children
through a learning process where they are the owners of their learning.

Veronique is honored and enthusiastic about representing Washington State educators in 2003. She states, “It is a gift to be a teacher and be a part of my students’ lives. It is just truly an amazing profession to be a part of.”

Cheryl Johnson

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 101
Cheryl Johnson
West Valley School District
Centennial Middle School

Cheryl Johnson is the 2003 Regional Teacher of the Year from Educational Service District 101. Cheryl teaches at Centennial Middle School in the West Valley School District in Spokane.

Cheryl was very honored and surprised to learn that she had been selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year. “There are many other teachers who are deserving of this award, and I am honored to represent those teachers,” Cheryl humbly stated.

After teaching for 30 years, Cheryl attributes her success and longevity to her students. “The students keep me young; there is never a dull moment, and every day is different from every other day,” states Cheryl.

As a teacher, Cheryl values and shows respect to all of her students, and expects the same in return. She enjoys seeing her students perform in other arenas such as athletics, drama, and music which help her relate to them in the classroom. Cheryl teaches English and history blocks to 7th grade students and is also a co-athletic director for her school. She keeps very busy with such a schedule, and does not know what she would do if she retires.

Cheryl remarks, “Teaching is a very rewarding occupation, I don’t mean financially, but I mean with the lives you touch and the lives that touch you. In what other job can you feel so rewarded on a daily basis?”

Alix Carlson

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 105
Alix Carlson
Grandview School District
Arthur Smith Elementary

Alix Carlson is the 2003 Regional Teacher of the Year for Educational Service District 105. She teaches at Arthur Smith Elementary in the Grandview School District.

Dedication, enthusiasm, and leading by example have helped Alix become a successful teacher and mentor in her community. Her dedication to excellence, both in herself and in her students, has influenced countless students and coworkers. She believes that a partnership between teachers, other school personnel, parents, and community is essential and that together a difference can be made in the lives of the students.

Alix has been very involved in the curriculum shift in her building. As math specialist, she has modeled lessons for other teachers in her building as well as worked on monthly theme packets such as algebraic sense and geometric sense tied to the Washington State frameworks for Grades 1-5. She has also served as the Enrichment Team Leader for her building, which brought enrichment clusters to her school. This was part of a Javitt’s Grant for Gifted Education showing that methods used for teaching gifted children can be valuable for teaching ALL children. It has also been a way to bring community members into the classroom and bring career awareness to their students.

Also, beginning in 1999, Alix brought generation www.Y to Smith School. This program involves training a group of students in computer skills and then partnering them with teachers to implement technology in the classroom. Alix’s computer skills and her tireless commitment to the project have been invaluable to the staff. Kids LOVE teaching teachers!

Alix’s message to all teachers is, “Be proud to be a teacher! Keep working to find that way to make a difference.”

Rosemary Fryer

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 112
Rosemary Fryer
Evergreen School District
Heritage High School

Rosemary is the 2003 Regional Teacher of the Year for Educational Service District 112. Rosemary teaches language arts at Heritage High School in the Evergreen School District.

Rosemary is guided by two principles: Commitment to students and dedication to personal excellence. She believes that she and her students are partners in learning. By working together, they build a community of learners who seek knowledge and apply it to achieve goals.

One of Rosemary's favorite quotes comes from Tennyson's poem, "Ulysses". "I am part of all that I have met." For her, Tennyson's words sum up her passion and her focus for the craft called teaching.

For Rosemary, teaching is the best profession in the world. There is never a dull moment; it is creative, challenging, and most of all, personal. Rosemary states, "Learning never stops; each moment I spend with my students and each moment they spend with me is an opportunity to share our lives and seize the day and make that shared experience part of our lives forever."

Laura Carle

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 113
Laura Carle
Aberdeen School District
Miller Junior High School

Laura Carle is the 2003 Regional Teacher of the Year for Educational Service District 113. She teaches mathematics to Grades 7 and 8 at Miller Junior High School in the Aberdeen School District.

Laura was very surprised when receiving the announcement for this award and feels very honored. She works with a dedicated staff at Miller and has been fortunate to work with many other gifted teachers throughout her district and region. Laura would like to thank all her peers for their love and support throughout the years.

Laura is one of those teachers who strive to help her students be successful by constantly developing lessons that address a broad range of learning styles and by creating meaningful relationships with students. Not only will you see her students discovering and exploring math through graphing calculators and hands on and real life activities, but you can hear and see her students singing and dancing. They dance the “Test Percent Macarena” and sing “Flip It” to the tune of “Whip It” to remember how to divide fractions. Some of Laura’s former students have informed her that her songs helped them pass an algebra pretest to determine their placement.

She takes advantage of every opportunity she can to connect with kids and when the opportunity does not present itself, she creates it. Friday night pre-algebra parties have helped Laura get to know her larger classes better. After school team parties have allowed students to play games and just chill out in a positive and safe environment.

In addition to the extra time she spends with students, Laura manages to serve as co-chair for the emergency preparedness committee and volunteers for after school activities. She organizes extra-curricular field trips for any student who wants to go to destinations such as Mt. St. Helens, whale watching trips, science centers, and Victoria B.C. At the end of June, Laura also takes a group of students to explore Washington, D.C. Each December, she helps her classes adopt a family for the holidays providing food and presents.

Laura feels teachers have an obligation to help students develop into caring members of society. As such, she not only teaches math skills, but life skills, too. Laura also tries to stay active in the community by helping serve as a youth group leader and Sunday school teacher at church, singing in the praise band, and playing her bassoon in the Grays Harbor Symphony.

Lisa Hodin

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 114
Lisa Hodin
South Kitsap School District
Cedar Heights Junior High School

Tracy Livingston

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 121
Tracy Livingston
White River School District
Mountain Meadow School

Paul Dann

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 123
Paul Dann
Richland School District
Jason Lee Elementary School

Paul Dann is the 2003 Regional Teacher of the Year from Educational Service District 123. Paul has been a teacher in the Richland School District for 24 years, teaching second and fourth grades.

Paul feels privileged to be able to work with children every day and share in their learning and growing. Educational reform has been his passion for the past ten years, and Paul’s students, school, and district have benefited from his leadership in this area. “When students respond to instruction that is linked to our state standards and are making academic achievements that were only dreamed about before,” Paul states, “there is no greater feeling in the world.”

In his classroom, Paul strives to make learning and instruction so closely match the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), that on the day of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), students will feel it is “learning as usual.” Paul states, “My mission is to have the students in my classroom be so familiar with the content, expectations and procedures inherent in the EALRs that WASL day is just another day in fourth grade.’” Paul enjoys telling his fourth graders that WASL stands for “Watch As I Show you what I have Learned.”

The caring, intelligent and talented students, teachers, parents, and administrators in the Richland School District are whom Paul credits for any success he has achieved as an educator.

Beth Criss

2003 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 189
Beth Crissy
Bellingham School District
Bellingham High School

   Updated 12/29/2008

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