ESD 105 facilitates the Regional Teacher of the Year program, which annually honors an educator who exemplifies teaching excellence in our south central Washington region. Our regional honoree also serves as one of nine candidates statewide for Washington State Teacher of the Year (which is announced each fall).
Nominations for the 2017-2018 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year are OPEN NOW through March 1, 2017. The ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year will be announced toward the start of the school year in the fall. ANYONE can submit a nomination for a public school teacher from your area by going to this direct link to OSPI's Teacher of the Year nomination form.
OSPI will contact nominated teachers with information and submission deadlines for turning in application materials. Selection of our Regional Teacher of the Year occurs during the end of summer and is traditionally announced near the start of the new school year. The Washington State Teacher of the Year selection committee then contacts and interviews the finalists for the statewide award in September.
Since the Washington State Teacher of the Year was first presented in 1962, six educators from the ESD 105 region have been named Washington State Teacher of the Year: Jeff Charbonneau of Zillah (for 2013), Susan Johnson of Cle Elum-Roslyn (2009), Tamara Steen of Mabton (2004, and one of four finalists for the national award), Yvonne Ullas of Naches Valley (1998), Dan Zeutenhorst of Yakima (1977), and Robert Tormey of West Valley (1974).
In 2013, Zillah science teacher Jeff Charbonneau became the fourth educator from our state to be named the National Teacher of the Year. He joins Andrea Peterson (2007, Granite Falls School District elementary music teacher), Johnnie Dennis (1970, Walla Walla School District high school physics teacher), and S. Elmon Ousley (1963, Bellevue School District high school government teacher) as National Teachers of the Year from Washington. Charbonneau spent the 2013-2014 school year as the Councils of Chief Secondary School Officers' ambassador for education in appearances throughout the nation and overseas.For more information on the Teacher of the Year program, contact David Goehner, ESD 105 Public Information Officer.
ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017:
3rd grade teacher
Toppenish School District
Jose Corona started his teaching career at Toppenish's Kirkwood Elementary School in 1996, and has been responsible for designing literacy center rotations and daily individual student conferences in writing for his students, developing math centers for the school, creating grade-level math homework packets for Kirkwood's students, and mentoring new teachers at the school. He's also taught English classes for the parents of Kirwood's students, and has helped his wife operate a licensed child care site in Toppenish. Jose is a 1991 graduate of Sunnyside High School, who took science classes from his immediate predecessor as the ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year, Joyce Stark.
Read more about Jose on page 5 of our Fall 2016 "Class" newsletter.
"Adversity should not be an excuse that impedes growth. It should serve as the catalyst for advancement. I relay to students that one should not quit when things get difficult but, rather, persevere."