2025 Regional Teacher of the Year

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Andrew Landowski wants students to unite and be inspired by the power of music

TUMWATER – May 2, 2024 – Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113 named Andrew Landowski its 2025 Regional Teacher of the Year. Landowski is a high school band teacher in the Tumwater School District.

As a band teacher, Landowski believes that music has the power to unite and inspire. Through music, he feels students can enhance their musical abilities and develop a sense of belonging and appreciation for the world around them. He believes music’s holistic approach allows students to foster stronger bonds to their school, family, culture, and community.

Landowski believes his lessons reinforce his core beliefs about teaching and learning: “that every student has the potential to succeed, that diversity should be celebrated and embraced, and that true learning happens when students are actively engaged and empowered to explore the world around them.”

The selection committee chose Landowski for this award because his dedication to students and the arts stands out in Tumwater School District and the surrounding community. He empowers students to learn, discover, and grow through music exploration, engaging them in experiences that enliven and enrich the school experience.

The Capital Region ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year is one of nine candidates chosen by their respective ESDs who will be considered for Washington State Teacher of the Year.  The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will select and announce the state winner this fall.


  • Andrew Landowski is the Band Director and Music Coordinator at Black Hills High School in the Tumwater School District.
  • He has built a comprehensive band program at the high school level that exceeds many larger schools:
    • Nearly 20% of his students were selected for All-State ensembles this year.
    • He has had students compete in state solo and ensemble events every year of his teaching career.
  • He has served in multiple roles and on committees that foster and support music education and development at district and statewide levels.


  • “Mr. Landowski is not only an outstanding educator but also a compassionate mentor, a collaborative team player, and an inspirational leader. His unwavering commitment to student success and his tireless efforts to create a positive and inclusive learning environment make him an exceptional candidate for the Washington Teacher of the Year award.” – Dave Myers, Black Hills High School Principal
  • "Over the years, when we do marching band and throughout the rest of his class, we learn to appreciate how much stronger it's made us. I can now see how hard Mr. Landowski works to stay positive so we can all work together and keep being productive. He wants us to thrive as a group of peers. We learn skills from each other, and when we get older, we teach the younger kids what we were taught."Mr. Landowski creates incredible leaders, especially in our drum majors, but mostly, he creates an incredible team. He gives us reasons to want to do well. I'm really thankful that, before I get too old, I get to learn how to be on a team that truly takes care of each other." – Catherine Meierbachtol, Student

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About Capital Region ESD 113

The purpose of Capital Region ESD 113 is to ensure excellent and equitable education for all students through service and collaboration. Led by Superintendent Dr. Dana Anderson, ESD 113 provides services for 44 school districts, one tribal compact school, and approved private schools in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Pacific counties. Our goal areas include closing gaps, growing people, influencing change, and eradicating racism.


Kristen Jaudon, APR
Senior Director
Communications, Government Relations & Public Engagement