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2005 Washington State Teacher of the Year


Tamara Steen - 2005 Teacher of the Year


ESD 105
Tamara Steen
Mabton School District
Mabton Junior/Senior High

 

2005 Regional Teachers of the Year

ESD 101
Kathryn Tribby-Moore
SAC School (Spokane Juvenile Court)
ESD 112
Brenda Hope
Whitson Elementary
White Salmon School District
ESD 113
Carl Schlegel
Shelton School District
Shelton High School
ESD 114
Judith Hardmeyer-Wright
Central Kitsap School District
Seabeck Elementary
ESD 121
Geri Rohlff
Auburn School District
Auburn Riverside High School
ESD 123
Mary Roberts Dann
Richland School District
Sacajawea Elementary
ESD 171
Rosemary Tiffany
Wenatchee School District
Lewis and Clark Elementary
ESD 189
Debra Howell
Granite Falls School District
Monte Cristo Elementary

Tamara Steen- 2005 Teacher of the Year

2005 Washington State Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 105
Tamara Steen
Mabton School District
Mabton Junior/Senior High

A veteran teacher of twenty-two years, Tamara Steen has spent all but one of those years serving minority students living in poverty--her first year in a black elementary school in the smoggy megalopolis known as Los Angeles and twenty years in a tiny Latino junior/senior high school out in the middle of farmland and sagebrush. The remaining year was spent as an exchange teacher in an Australian selective secondary school where only the brightest and most talented were allowed to enroll. During her career, she has also taught summer school and migrant night school. As a result of all these experiences, she has taught just about every subject at the secondary level, including physical education, science and math, but her passion--and the subject she has taught for most of her career--is English. This past year her district has hired her to become the first-ever literacy coach in her building; her new responsibilities include working with teachers to improve their instruction and developing training sessions for the staff.

Steen thrives in a school where 90% of her students are Latinos, 50% of them migrants, and a third come from monolingual Spanish-speaking homes. In spite of the national statistics about the high Latino drop-out rate and their poor scores on standardized tests, Tamara believes with the right strategies her students can succeed academically. Known as one of the toughest teachers in the district, she refuses to dumb down her curriculum to give students the illusion of success through simple texts or assignments. Instead, by utilizing instructional techniques such as Shared Reading and Socratic Seminars, she pushes her students towards proficiency in reading and writing, tutoring them after school as long as it is necessary to build their confidence and skill.

Although Tamara acknowledges that working in a school of poverty can be frustrating and discouraging, she feels the rewards eclipse the challenges. As she said in her speech after winning the Washington State Teacher of the Year award, “Every time the light of understanding dawns in a student's eyes, every time a student is the first in his/her family to graduate from high school or college, every time a student comes back to say thanks, to those students whose lives we touch and change, none of us is the teacher of the year. To those students, we are each the teacher of a lifetime. No job could be better than that."

Tamara has been selected as one of the four finalists to compete for the 2005 National Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations, Tamara!

Kathryn Tribby-Moore - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

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ESD 101
Kathryn Tribby-Moore
Spokane School District
SAC School (Spokane Juvenile Court)

 

Brenda Hope - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

2005 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 112
Brenda Hope
White Salmon School District

 

Carl Schlegel - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

2005 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 113
Carl Schlegel
Shelton School District
Shelton High School

Carl Schlegel is the 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year for Educational Service District (ESD)113. Carl teaches the Automotive Technology Program at Shelton High School, where he has been working with students for the last eight years.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Carl is also the advisor for Shelton High School’s Watts-Up Electric Vehicle Racing Club. This club is now in its third year at the school and his students have enjoyed success at Electric Vehicle Electrathon races, after spending many hours designing and building the cars they drive and compete in. In addition to the Electric Grand Prix style cars they have raced in the past, this year they are also assembling an electric drag racing car which they hope to compete with this spring at the Bremerton Raceway.

Carl has been a strong supporter of combining academic essentials with the workplace training he does in his program. He often works with students that have low reading and writing skills, or attention deficit issues. Carl has found success in using technology to enable these students in their quest for information. For instance, students that previously had great difficulty in completing the reading, taking and passing the pen and paper test that is most commonly done in completion of the Safety Training segment, now cover a more rigorous curriculum, complete with a battery of quizzes and tests. These students not only pass, but pass with a grade of 80% or higher.

Carl believes you will get what you look for in your students and actively explores options and methods of delivering his curriculum that will set his students up for success. A lot of his students stay in school and graduate just because they want to be there for the shop class, and the shop class is part of their “package deal” for graduation. He also believes that it is time for schools to actively promote Career and Technical Education, as it may well be the cornerstone of learning for many students who will not go on to higher education institutions.

Carl attributes a lot of his success to the caliber of people he has the opportunity to work with at Shelton High School. As the 2004 ESD 113 Teacher of the Year, Emily Garlich, is also from Shelton High School, Carl sees this as proof positive that his school is doing a lot of things right and hopes to see this momentum carry on to even more successes.

Congratulations, Carl!

 

Judith Hardmeyer-Wright - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

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ESD 114
Judith Hardmeyer-Wright
Central Kitsap School District
Seabeck Elementary

 

Geri Rohlff - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

2005 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 121
Geri Rohlff
Auburn School District
Auburn Riverside High School

Geri Rohlff, Puget Sound Educational Service District’s 2005 Teacher of the Year, is in her 23rd year of teaching. She serves as the language arts department chairperson and lead Recapture (alternative education) teacher at Auburn Riverside High School.

Geri graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in English, then she went on to work as a paralegal for seven years. She earned her MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University and started her teaching dream in California. She has taught in Washington State during the last fifteen years.

Geri’s classrooms are based on mastery learning because she knows all students learn best from this method. She created Auburn Riverside’s unique Recapture credit retrieval program. Recapture allows students who have failed language arts or history to come after school and complete a skills/content based non-timed contract. This program, while created prior to No Child Left Behind, helps Auburn Riverside meet its graduation rate requirements and, more importantly, recaptures the students who would normally fall between the cracks and drop out.

Besides teaching high school, Geri has taught for The Heritage Institute during the last ten years. Through Heritage, Geri designs and offers independent study classes for teachers across the nation. She enjoys the connections she makes with these teachers.

Geri is the past recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award, the Washington State Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Citizen Award, King County Vocational/Special Education Cooperative’s Teacher of the Year, and Wal-Mart’s 2004 Washington State Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations, Geri!

 

 Mary Roberts Dann- 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

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ESD 123
Mary Roberts Dann
Richland School District
Sacajawea Elementary

Mary Dann is the 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year from Educational Service District 123. Mary has been an elementary music teacher in the Richland School District for 24 years and recently received her National Board Certification.

Dann is a respected leader in her district. In 1999, as a member of the district’s Music Curriculum Committee, Dann helped write a new music curriculum and align it with both national music standards and the state’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements. She has also served as coordinator of the district’s elementary music program. Most recently, she was a member of the Elementary Day Task Force, which made recommendations on changes in bell times, early release days and specialists’ schedules. At Sacajawea Elementary, she has served on the Building Improvement Committee, which focuses on developing and implementing strategies that will help students succeed. “Mary impacts students with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm,” says Shelley Redinger, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for the Richland School District. “One of her strengths is a desire to keep growing as a professional educator.”

“Mary is not satisfied with teaching the same lessons year after year. She constantly strives to improve her instruction and learn new techniques,” says Timmi Garrett, Sacajawea kindergarten teacher. “Mary provides much more than just music for my students. Her lessons are rich in language, movement and cooperative peer experiences. She is one of the best teachers I have been associated with in my 31 years of teaching.”

Dann earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Montana in 1977 and her Masters of Music Education Degree from the University of Oregon in 1983. She began her career with the Richland School District in 1980. In addition to her teaching duties with the district, Dann is an adjunct professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities where she teaches “Music in the Elementary Classroom” to students who are majoring in education.

Congratulations, Mary!

 

Rosemary Tiffany - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

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ESD 171
Rosemary Tiffany
Wenatchee School District
Lewis and Clark Elementary

 

Debra Howell - 2005 Regional Teacher of the Year

2005 Regional Teacher of the Year  (top of page)
ESD 189
Debra Howell
Granite Falls School District
Monte Cristo Elementary

Northwest Educational Service District (ESD) 189 is pleased to announce Debra Howell, a multiage teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls School District, as the Regional Teacher of the Year. The Northwest ESD 189 is a regional service center that offers support and technical assistance to 30 school districts in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

During her 20-year career, Howell participated in a wide range of school and community projects and activities, taught grades 3-8 in both self-contained and team-teaching situations, and became a National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2000. Debra is in her fourth year as a facilitator teaching National Board certification classes at the University of Washington.

Following graduation from Western Washington University in 1984, she joined the Granite Falls School District as a middle school teacher, but after one year, she switched to the primary grades. One of her early achievements was adopting the Multiage Philosophy of Education. In 1992, she started the first multiage classroom in the Granite Falls School District. She moved from a 3-4 multiage to its current configuration of 4-5-6.

Howell has taken her philosophy into the community, addressing such groups as the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and City Council on the merits of multiage education. She also has participated in and presented at a number of multiage symposia and conferences. She is a founding member of the Professional Multiage Teachers Association of Washington and editor and creator of “The Networking News,” a professional multiage newsletter.

Among her other achievements, Howell served as an instructor of the Professional Certification Program through Northwest ESD 189 and Seattle Pacific University, taught and presented at national board certified teachers conferences and workshops, earned numerous local and state teaching awards, including this year’s Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1995 and 2004. In addition, Howell brought national attention to the Granite Falls community in 1997 when her class sponsored the first Veterans Day Parade in Granite Falls in 79 years. NBC news filmed the event and Howell and her students continue to correspond with veterans all over the world.

Congratulations, Debra!

 

   Updated 12/29/2008

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