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 2017-2018 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year closed on March 1, 2017.  The ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year will be announced toward the start of the 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 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.
    Additional information for Teacher of the Year
    OSPI's Teacher of the Year Web site 

    2017 Classified School Employee of the Year

    Nominations for the 2017 ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year closed on Jan. 27, 2017.  Our regional winner for 2017 is Dan Holzer, day custodian at East Valley's Terrace Heights Elementary School.  He will represent ESD 105 as our candidate for the Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year, which will be announced at OSPI in Olympia in May 2017.  This award will honor an outstanding secretary, custodian, cook, paraprofessional, bus driver, or other classified school staff member.
  • ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017:

    Jose Corona

    Jose Corona

    3rd grade teacher
    Kirkwood Elementary
    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."