Educator Awards

From Seed to Apple

From Seed to Apple is a collection of stories from past Washington State Teacher of the Year programs, administered by OSPI.

Educator Award Recipients

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Contact Information

Education Awards

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OSPI recognizes educators through a number of state award programs.

Teacher of the Year

Washington's Teacher of the Year program recognizes a cohort of regional finalists and selects one state Teacher of the Year annually. This state Teacher of the Year is Washington's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.

Classified School Employee of the Year

The Classified School Employee of the Year program recognizes one classified employee from each of Washington's educational service districts every year. A selection committee choses the state Classified School Employee of the Year from this group of regional finalists.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition for a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher in the United States.

History Teacher of the Year

The National History Teacher of the Year award honors great American history teachers from across the country. Washington selects one state finalist annually as Washington’s History Teacher of the Year. State finalists compete for the national award.

WA Regional Educator Award Coordinators

ESD 101 – Spokane
Mary Kempel

ESD 105 – Yakima
Brittany Kaple

ESD 112 – Vancouver
Effie Triol

ESD 113 – Olympia
Cherrie Thomas

ESD 114 – Bremerton
Mari Flosi

ESD 121 – Renton
Amber McCulloch

ESD 123 – Pasco
Molly Hamaker-Teals

ESD 171 – Wenatchee
Becca Freimuth

ESD 189 – Anacortes
Cindy Garrison

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