Previous ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year honorees
2018-2019 Regional Teacher of the Year
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
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
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
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 YearSpencer MartinSunnyside 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 YearHarrison Middle School (Sunnyside School District) – Math coachJosh 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 YearJeff 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)
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."
Arthur Smith Elementary (Grandview) — Elementary math specialist
Harriet Thompson Elementary (Grandview) — 2nd grade teacher
Naches Valley High School — English teacher
Zillah School District — Music teacher
Naches Valley Primary School — 1st grade teacher
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!]
Yakima School District
West Valley School District