Teacher of the Year program

  • Nominate a Teacher of the Year from your district!

    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 2021-20 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year are expected to open in January 2021.  The ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year is announced toward the start of each school year in the fall. 

    For more information about the program, see OSPI's Teacher of the Year website.

    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 1952, 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.  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.

    Others from Washington who have been named the National Teacher of the Year are Mandy Manning (2018, Newcomer Center teacher at the Spokane School District's Ferris High School), 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).  Since the program's start in 1952, Washington has fielded the National Teacher of the Year more times than any other state except for California.

    For more information on the Teacher of the Year program, contact David Goehner, ESD 105 Public Information Officer.
    Additional information for Teacher of the Year
    OSPI's Teacher of the Year Web site 

    2021 Classified School Employee of the Year

    Nominations for the 2021 ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year are expected to open in late 2020.  The Classified Employee of the Year award honors an outstanding secretary, custodian, cook, paraprofessional, bus driver, or other classified school staff member.  For further details about this program, go to OSPI's Classified Employee of the Year page.  
    Our regional winner for 2020 was Karla Hill, a special education paraprofessional for the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District.  
    Previous recipients of the ESD 105 Regional Classified Employee of the Year:
    • 2010: Joy Kaasa, special education paraeducator, Wahluke School District
    • 2011: Sara Benjamin, math paraprofessional, Wahluke High School
    • 2012: David Peterson, network operations manager, Sunnyside School District
    • 2013: Cynthia Cisneros, special education paraprofessional, Artz-Fox Elementary (Mabton School District)
    • 2014: Donna Kelly, guidance specialist, Stanton Academy (Yakima School District)
    • 2015: Pam Gamache, K-5 paraprofessional, Adams Elementary School (Wapato School District)
    • 2016: David Hinojosa, intervention coordinator, Harrison Middle School (Sunnyside School District)
    • 2017: Dan Holzer, custodian, Terrace Heights Elementary School (East Valley School District)
    • 2018: Reed Hornung, athletic director, Sunnyside School District
    • 2019: Lola Sarsfield, special education paraprofessional, Mt. Adams School District
  • ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020:

    ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year Stephanie King

    – Stephanie King – 
    English teacher 
    Granger High School
    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."