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2004 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Dennis Griner - 2004 Teacher of the Year

Dennis Griner
ESD 101
Palouse School District
Garfield-Palouse High School

 

2004 Regional Teachers of the Year

ESD 105
Amy Davis
Grandview School District
Harriet Thompson Elementary
ESD 112
Philip Brady
White Salmon School District
Henkle Middle School
ESD 113
Emily Garlich
Shelton School District
Shelton High School
ESD 114
Alison Faulkner
Central Kitsap School District
New Frontiers School
Puget Sound ESD 121
Jill Van Glubt
Lake Washington School District
Eastlake High School
ESD 123
Nancy Rosselli
Richland School District
Badger Mountain Elementary
ESD 171
Vicki Taylor
Lake Chelan School District
Chelan High School
ESD 189
Barbara Tibbits
Edmonds School District
Westgate Elementary

Dennis Griner - 2004 Teacher of the Year

2004 Washington State Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 101
Dennis Griner
Palouse School District
Garfield-Palouse High School

Dennis Griner is the 2004 Washington State Teacher of the Year. He teaches Current World Issues, United States History, Audio-Visual Communications and Traffic Safety Education at Garfield-Palouse High School, a cooperative high school of the Palouse School District and the Garfield School District.

Dennis is in his thirty-second (32nd) year of teaching and still looks forward to the challenges and rewards of each day in the classroom. Application of classroom knowledge to the “real world” is a consistent theme in the coursework in all of his classes. Students are involved in projects that reach beyond the walls of the school to the greater community.

His students operate two twenty-four hour cable television stations from his classroom, one for the community of Palouse and one for the community of Garfield located nine miles away using the internet to monitor the system. School and community news, student work, and special projects are the core elements of the broadcasts. Students broadcast live to the community of Palouse all home volleyball and basketball games, elementary and high school concerts, and other special events.

Students in all his classes have access to state-of-the-art technology. On-line learning, research, and multimedia production are integral parts of each of his classes. Students are given the opportunity to learn through hands on activities. Dennis sees his role as a mentor, helping students establish independent learning skills. Raising the bar for each student while providing successful, unique and challenging learning experiences keeps his mind active.

Raised in a very small, remote logging community in central Idaho, Dennis sees the influence of many individuals in his life that affected his career choice. One was the high school chemistry teacher and his family that took him under their wings and set his standard model for teaching – touching the lives of others. The pastor of his church provided him continuous leadership opportunities, grounded him in his faith, reaffirmed his educational goals, and instilled in him the concept of service to others.

Dennis believes teaching in a small school and a small community is a great advantage when it comes to identifying and meeting the needs of students. Relationships are enriched through contact with students in extra-curricular activities, community functions, and within the context of “friend of the family”. Dennis keeps his focus and enthusiasm for teaching by putting it all in perspective. Teaching is not just a job for him. It is his “calling”.

Amy Davis Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 105
Amy Davis
Grandview School District
Harriet Thompson Elementary

Amy Davis is the 2003 Regional Teacher of the Year for Educational Service District 105. Amy is currently a fourth grade teacher at Harriet Thompson Elementary School in Grandview. She has also taught first, second, and third grade.

A major contributor towards Amy’s success with students is teaching subjects in a way that students apply what they know to their lives, not just what is required to pass assessment tests. Amy attempts to bring relevance to each and every lesson she teaches, stating, “I have always believed that if learning cannot be tied to real life, it will have no meaning for a child.”

Davis maintains a positive rapport with students, parents and staff. A colleague is quoted as saying, “Amy is someone whose door is always open and she is willing to help a colleague, child or parents. After spending time with Mrs. Davis, one comes away with the feeling that you are special and unique and that she genuinely cares for you as an individual.”

Amy’s enthusiasm for teaching is best summarized by this piece of her TOY Application; “The smiling face of a child brings me great satisfaction in my job. I embrace each morning with the feeling of ‘I get to go to school today!’

 

Philip Brady Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 112
Philip Brady
White Salmon School District
Henkle Middle School

 

Emily Garlich Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 113
Emily Garlich
Shelton School District
Shelton High School

Emily Garlich is the 2004 Regional Teacher of the Year for Educational Service District 113. She teaches science and biology at Shelton High School in the Shelton School District.

Emily has been in education over 19 years. She finds tremendous satisfaction in science, especially teaching and using the scientific method to explore and discover. Every day in Emily’s class is an adventure, whether it is in the classroom designing and experimenting or out in the field collecting data. Thanks to Emily, students in her classroom begin to see that science is relevant, interesting, and fun.

Emily has been involved in many district and community activities including teacher mentoring, curriculum development, workshop presentations, and membership on numerous district and community committees. She has been honored with many awards through her teacher career including a Vocational Director’s Internship, Gates Teacher Leadership Grant for integrating computers/technology into the curriculum, state finalist for the Agri-Science Teacher Recognition Program and the Shelton School District Employee of the Month. Emily recently received her National Teacher Board Certification.

At the core of her accomplishments and community endeavors is Emily’s desire to serve students and parents. For Emily, all her activities, recognitions, and involvements are interconnected and are applied to her classroom.

 

Alison Faulkner Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 114
Alison Faulkner
Central Kitsap School District
New Frontiers School

 

Jill Van Glubt Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
Puget Sound ESD 121
Jill Van Glubt
Lake Washington School District
Eastlake High School

Jill Van Glubt is the 2004 Regional Teacher of the Year for the Puget Sound Educational Service District. She teaches Industrial Technology Education at Eastlake High School in the Lake Washington School District.

Teaching Material Science Technology and Engineering allows Jill to provide exciting opportunities for students using cutting edge technology and creative artistry. Students design and create silver rings, glass beads, wood inlay picture frames, raku pottery, piston engines and numerous other projects. She enjoys working with students who have been challenged by their education experience. Being able to motivate students to experience success while watching them grow academically and socially keeps Jill motivated.

Receiving honors is nothing new for Jill. She was selected as a 2003 Radio Shack National Teacher of the Year in recognition of her excellence in the field of Technology Education. Jill was also invited to become a Material Science Technology Master Teacher in conjunction with a grant from the National Science Foundation allowing her to teach Material Science workshops to her colleagues around the country.

Jill is actively involved in her local teachers association and in WEA. She has served as a building rep, Executive Board member, and as Vice President. Jill currently works to improve funding for public education through her role on the WEA-PAC management board. She believes it is important to be involved in the WEA in order to maintain and improve the rights of educators and make positive changes in education.

According to her principal Rondel Hardie, Jill teaches with passion, always modifying her program to prepare students to be competitive in a world where technology never stands still. The program Jill has created at Eastlake High School has grown to serve over 300 students.

 

Nancy Rosselli Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 123
Nancy Rosselli
Richland School District
Badger Mountain Elementary

 

Vicki Taylor Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 171
Vicki Taylor
Lake Chelan School District
Chelan High School

Vicki Taylor is the 2004 Regional Teacher of the Year from Educational Service District 171. Vicki teaches health occupations at Chelan High School and she is also the school nurse for Chelan Middle School and Chelan High School.

Vicki has worked in education for the past twenty two years. In 1990, she developed Chelan High School’s Health Occupations Program which has come be known as a model program in the region. Through Vicki’s program, students are able to acquire state certification as nursing assistants as well as to participate in community work mentorships in the areas of veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and massage therapy. Many former students are either currently employed in the health care industry or are completing health career training programs as a result of Vicki’s leadership and vision.

In 1997, Vicki started a club at Chelan High School for students who were interested in the medical field, Med Club. This club has grown to be the largest student organization in the school with 65 members. The club works in collaboration with a variety of community service organizations to provide career and leadership opportunities for students.

According to Chelan High School’s Principal, “Vicki’s most valuable contribution to our school is instilling confidence in her students through her positive attitude, tireless work ethic, and creativity in lesson design.”

 

Barbara Tibbits Photo

2004 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 189
Barbara Tibbits
Edmonds School District
Westgate Elementary

 

   Updated 12/29/2008

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