Previous ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year honorees

  • 2019-20 Regional Teacher of the Year
    Stephanie King
    Granger High School English teacher - Granger School District
    Stephanie King began her teaching career in 2010 at Granger High School and has been an active trailblazer in developing connections to expand learning improvement and new opportunities for Granger's students.  She switched to a college-level text about Washington migrant farmworkers in order to more strongly connect classroom instruction to her students' families and cultures.  She connected Granger's students to College in the High School courses for the first time through a program with the University of Washington in 2014.  She's connected teachers throughout the state to new professional development by her role with the state leadership team for Bridge to College.  She's also connected students to the Granger Historical Society by having them write family histories for that group's books on local history, connected the school's students to new academic opportunities by developing the high school's first Knowledge Bowl team, and connects kids to athletic involvment as girls soccer team coach.  
    Read more about Stephanie King on page 2 of our Fall 2019 "Class" newsletter.
    "All students are good at something.  It is our job as educators to tap into what they excel in and use that to our advantage."

    2018-2019 Regional Teacher of the Year
    Michael Clinton
    White Swan High School science teacher - Mt. Adams School District
    Michael Clinton began his teaching career in 2012 at White Swan High School and is known for promoting instructional methods and activities that emphasize inquiry-based learning for his students.  He developed an articulation agreement that allows his biology and chemistry students to earn college credits through Heritage University, and has taken students to tribal lands along the Columbia River as part of the "People of the Big River" field class to learn about tribal issues related to science.  He also developed White Swan's Freshman Seminar lass, and advises the school's Knowledge Bowl team.
    Read more about Michael Clinton on page 2 of our Fall 2018 "Class" newsletter.
    "Personal connections to the content help students engage and stay engaged with the content.  If done intentionally and consistently, students start to see the connections for themselves and eventually they want to learn more about the world around them."

    2017-2018 Regional Teacher of the Year  
    Jennifer Tenney
    Mt. Adams School District - 7th-12th math coach and 9th grade algebra teacher
    Jennifer Tenney was hired as an elementary math specialist and 7th-8th math teacher at Mt. Adams in 2008, then became a 7th-12th math coach and 9th grade algebra teacher in 2015.  Shortly after she re-introduced 8th grade algebra classes to Mt. Adams in 2012, she was able to get more than 61% of her students to pass the end-of-course exam that's usually taken by 9th graders.  She also led district work in implementing culturally-relevant math curriculum for 7th-9th grade, and addressed school attendance issues with a lesson she developed in which students used school GPA information and current attendance rates as a way to show how math concepts can be used to predict events, such as their future GPAs.
    Read more about Jennifer on page 2 of our Fall 2017 "Class" newsletter.
    "Math is not an unreachable mystery, but a powerful tool that can help students develop tenacity to persevere in the face of adversity.

    2016-2017 Regional Teacher of the Year  
    Jose Corona
    Toppenish School District - 3rd grade teacher
    Jose Corona started his teaching career at Toppenish's Kirkwood Elementary School in 1996.  There, he designed literacy center rotations and daily individual student conferences in writing for his students, developed math centers for the school, created grade-level math homework packets for Kirkwood's students, and mentored new teachers at the school.  He also taught English classes for the parents of Kirwood's students.  The 1991 graduate of Sunnyside High Schoo 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."

    2015-2016 Regional Teacher of the Year  
    Joyce Stark
    Sunnyside High School – Science teacher
    Joyce Stark began her teaching career at Sunnyside's schools in 1977, initially as a middle and junior high earth and physical science teacher before moving to teach at the high school in 2001.  There, she incorporated science research programs into her classes, including an option for students to obtain credit for research conducted after schools or during evenings and weekends.  Stark was also recognized for her 33 years of service as the director of the Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair for 6th-12th grade students from 14 counties throughout central and eastern Washington.
    "I believe that to learn science, students must do science.  I enjoy seeing students making discoveries on their own, learning from their mistakes, and working as scientists."
    2014-2015 Regional Teacher of the Year  
    Spencer Martin
    Sunnyside High School, STEM teacher
    Spencer Martin translated his experiences as a machinist's mate during his 20-year career in the U.S. Navy into teaching young people lessons about science, math, and engineering when he started his second career as a teacher at Sunnyside High school in 2006.  He developed the high school's strand of classes in robotics, applied physics, and aerospace engineering, then launched Sunnyside's chapter of the Technology Student Association.  Spencer even added an early morning section of his engineering course in order to help meet student demand.  Read more about Spencer on page 3 of our Fall 2014 "Class" newsletter! 
    "I believe that the key to impacting your youth is working together as a cohesive team, and working across curriculum lines. This will show our students the importance of each subject."


    2013-2014 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Josh Schlegel

    Harrison Middle School (Sunnyside School District) – Math coach
    Josh Schlegel helped guide the dramatic upswing in student math scores at Harrison Middle School, which has rocketed up into the top 4% in the Washington Achievement Index for math after being ranked in the bottom 14% just a few years ago.  Since becoming math coach in 2009 and helping rewrite the school's math curriculum, achievement of state math standards have tripled to 60% among 7th graders, have more than doubled from 25% to 57% among 6th graders, and have nearly doubled from 25% to 42% among 8th graders. 
    "Together, we can achieve unprecedented success.  Together, our capacity is limitless.  Together, we are destined for greatness.  Together, we are champions."
    2012-2013 Regional Teacher of the Year  
    2013 Washington State Teacher of the Year 
    2013 National Teacher of the Year

    Jeff Charbonneau

    Zillah High School Science teacher
    Jeff Charbonneau began teaching science at Zillah High School in 2001. He created the Zillah Robot Challenge, co-created Zillah's Leopard Pathfinders hiking program, and offers his students up to 24 college credits through his high school classes. Learn more about Jeff Charbonneau in our article on his selection as Washington State Teacher of the Year (page 3) and our article on his selection as National Teacher of the Year.  Watch his announcement on YouTube as the 2013 Washington State Teacher of the Year and his announcement at the White House as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year!
    "I firmly believe we are a nation of succeeding schools. It is time that the real message of education is shared, that the students of public educators in the United States of America have some of the best opportunities to succeed." (Excerpt from Jeff Charbonneau's acceptance speech at the White House Rose Garden)

    2011-2012 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Beth Mahugh
    John Campbell Elementary School (Selah School District) — 4th grade teacher
    "I believe in learning alongside my students and learning from other teachers.  I believe in laughter in my classroom and in the workplace because if you are not enjoying what you are doing, then you are doing the wrong thing.  Life is too short not to give and expect the best and that is what my students, parents, and colleagues deserve."


    2010-2011 Regional Teacher of the Year
    Tracey Schepman
    Valley View Elementary School (Ellensburg School District) — 2nd grade teacher
    "I like the connecting with the kids, the connecting with parents, and connecting with my colleagues in the hallways. When connections occur, bells ring."


    2009-2010 Regional Teacher of the Year
    Madeline Dunn
    Garfield Elementary School (Toppenish School District) — K-5 reading coach
    "It is so rewarding to watch our students learn to read. They are so excited, which motivates them to read more. When they realize they have mastered something difficult, it gives them confidence to continue, knowing they can do it."


    2009 Washington State Teacher of the Year 
    2008-2009 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Susan Johnson
    Cle Elum-Roslyn High School — Language arts teacher
    "The best part about being a teacher is when students have that realization of understanding and new growth, no matter where they are. It's the 'aha moment' they have as they move along on that growth. They learn that what they do matters, and that the world needs them." 

    2007-2008 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Brenda Marler
    Toppenish Middle School — Language arts, social studies, and literacy teacher
    "I thoroughly enjoy diagnosing reading difficulties, developing a plan for remediation, then watching students thrive as they unlock the secret of successful reading."


    2006-2007 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Irene Longmire
    Wahluke School District (Mattawa) — 2nd grade teacher
    "Second grade is the best ever!  The kids have a joy for learning.  They're sponges -- just very eager to learn.  It's a perfect grade."


    2005-2006 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Judy Dorsett
    Whitney Elementary School (Yakima School District) — 3rd grade teacher
    "One of the joys of teaching is creating a classroom community whre the enthusiasm, interest, and learning are contagious."


    2004-2005 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year
    2005 Washington State Teacher of the Year

    Tamara Steen
    Mabton Junior and Senior High Schools — English teacher
    Tamara was also one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.


    2003-2004 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Amy Davis
    Harriet Thompson Elementary (Grandview) — 4th grade teacher
    "I get to go to school each day and look forward to opening the door to 28 special and unique young individuals."


    2002-2003 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Alix Carlson
    Arthur Smith Elementary (Grandview) — Elementary math specialist

    2001-2002 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Julie Wysong
    Harriet Thompson Elementary (Grandview) — 2nd grade teacher

    2000-2001 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Sandy Jetton
    Naches Valley High School — English teacher

    1999-2000 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Dave Carlile
    Zillah School District — Music teacher

    1998-1999 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    [ESD 105 does not have this information in our files.  If you can provide information on who was selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year during the fall of 1998, please contact us!]

    1998 Washington State Teacher of the Year 
    1997-1998 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Yvonne Ullas
    Naches Valley Primary School — 1st grade teacher 

    1996-1997 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

    Vance Jennings
    Naches Valley High School — English and drama teacher 
    [ESD 105 is seeking further details on other Regional Teacher of the Year honorees prior to the fall of 1996.  If you have information, please contact us!]

    1977 Washington State Teacher of the Year

    Dan Zeutenhorst
    Yakima School District

    1974 Washington State Teacher of the Year

    Robert Tormey
    West Valley School District