Regional Recognition

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Art Show

2024 Regional High School Art Show

Important Dates

  • February 1: Submission form opens
  • March 4: Art Show opens to the public
  • March 28: Reception and award ceremony

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Art Show 2023 Gallery

Knowledge Bowl

2024

  • Thursday, February 8
  • Friday, February 9

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Equipment

Teachers

2024 Regional Teacher of the Year

Holly Johnson

Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113 has named Holly Johnson as its 2024 Regional Teacher of the Year. Johnson is a Special Education Teacher in the Tenino School District.

As an educator of children with disabilities, Johnson believes her primary purpose is to remove barriers for her students and their families. She has had to wear many hats as her program is not disability specific. Because of this, she has become an expert in adapting her teaching methods and supports to a wide variety of students.

She knows that parents of children with disabilities often face greater challenges in raising and finding support for their children. She aims to be that support. No matter how small an accomplishment for her students may be, Johnson is guaranteed to be celebrating it. To her, there’s an importance in informing parents about the good days their child has in class as often as possible.

The selection committee chose Johnson for this award because she is a dedicated teacher who meets students where they are and supports them in any way she can to move them forward. They also praise her ability to attend to the particular abilities and disabilities of each student while working with other adults to maintain a positive classroom experience for all.

About the Teacher of the Year Program

Since 1963, the Washington State Teacher of the Year program has selected one outstanding educator annually to serve as the Washington State Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year is selected from a slate of up to 9 regional candidates representing Washington’s nine ESDs, as well as tribal schools.

Anyone can nominate someone for Teacher of the Year. Nominated teachers complete a written application and enter the regional selection process through their ESDs. Each ESD recommends a Regional Teacher of the Year to the state program. Regional Teachers of the Year undergo a rigorous state selection that includes a written application, presentation, and panel interview. The State Teacher of the Year is selected by a committee made up of diverse educators, families, students, and education stakeholders.

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Classified Employees

2022 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year

Nadine Owen

Nadine Owen, Capital Region ESD 113 Classified School Employee of the Year 2021Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113 has named Nadine Owen as their 2022 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year. Owen is a Restorative Room Supervisor at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Olympia School District.

Owen was asked by her principal to create and operate her school's Restorative Room because of her deep commitment to trauma-informed restorative justice. She understands that all behavior presents itself for a reason and that we have to find the root of trauma before students have the ability to learn. She designed the Restorative Room to be a space where students could reset and quickly return back to the classroom ready to learn. Her program has reduced student suspensions and increased students' instructional time.

The selection committee chose Owen for this award because she is fully invested in her students and helps them discover the skills they need to become positively contributing citizens in our community.

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

About the Classified School Employee of the Year Program

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 chooses the State Classified School Employee of the Year from this group of regional finalists.

The award is available to any classified school or district employee working at least half-time.

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Contact Us

Art Show
 Kerri Tobin
360-464-6737

Knowledge Bowl
 Russell Rice
360-464-6733

Teacher of the Year/Classified School Employee of the Year
 Flip Herdon
360-464-6701