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 2022-23 ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year are expected to open in early 2022.  

    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 

    Classified School Employee of the Year

    Nominations for the 2022 ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year are expected to open in early 2022.  The Classified Employee of the Year award honors an outstanding secretary, custodian, cook, paraprofessional, bus driver, or other classified school staff member.  OSPI traditionally announces the Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year award during the late spring.  For further details about this program, go to OSPI's Classified Employee of the Year page.  
    Our regional winner for 2021 is Andy Gonzalez, technology director at the Yakima 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
    • 2020: Karla Hill, special education paraprofessional, Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
  • ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022:

    Randi Krieg

    – Randi Krieg – 
    Agriscience teacher 
    Goldendale Middle School
    Goldendale School District

    Randi Krieg has helped Goldendale students harvest numerous statewide and national achievements in the school district's Future Farmers of America program since joining the middle school's staff in 2015.  Krieg primarily teaches 7th grade science through a natural resources framework that promotes career and technical education.  Since helping start the middle school's FFA chapter, numerous middle and high school students at Goldendale have participated in projects that have advanced to FFA recognition at the national level.  Goldendale's FFA chapter was also a top 10 national finalist -- out of 2,013 activities submitted nationally -- for an FFA recruitment program that awarded gold stars on individual locker jackets for each FFA event that Goldendale FFA members attended.  Through her leadership, about 125 of the 400 middle and high school students at Goldendale participate in FFA.  Krieg also interacted with the manager of Goldendale's city swimming pool on having her students propose a solution to killdeer birds that were laying eggs in the pool's parking lot, and has regularly led students to volunteer in soup kitchen service and in mitten drives. 

    "As a career and technical education teacher, it is my responsibility to ensure students practice 21st century skills.  Instruction must integrate opportunities for mystudents to communicate their thinking, collaborate in their learning, think critically about the subject matter, and apply creativity when developing solutions."