Congratulations 2021 Washington State Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations Brooke Brown - 2021 Washington State Teacher of the Year!
And congratulations to all the regional winners! Read more to find out who won in your region.
2021 Washington State Teacher of the Year
Puget Sound Educational Service District 121
Franklin Pierce School District
Brooke Brown has taught English and Ethnic Studies at Washington High School for 14 years. As a powerful voice for equity in her building and district, she leads equity trainings, co-leads the school’s equity team, serves on the District equity team, and represents student voice on the school’s Foundation team (focused on addressing the racial opportunity gap by advocating for restorative justice practices and equitable discipline procedures).
Brooke believes that learning is done best in community. She works to center student experiences and reminds them how much she learns from them too. She advocates for educating the whole child, often using content to teach life lessons and challenge her students to look for ways to improve their communities.
Brooke uses her classroom to create a brave, inclusive environment for students to show up authentically by modeling it herself. She teaches her students about radical self-love and the need to cultivate an understanding of their identity as a prerequisite to developing empathy and compassion for others.
Brooke also realizes the need to impact the system in order to positively affect her students and the teaching profession. She is an integral part of the Bridge to College leadership team, where she mentors teachers in her area to support their students in rigorous, relevant coursework. She worked tirelessly to bring Ethnic Studies to her school and district and serves on the OSPI Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (where she works with a small group of stakeholders to create the framework the state will adopt for Ethnic Studies implementation statewide). She believes in the importance of hiring and retaining staff of color and has worked to mentor teachers in her building. She is committed to her students, her colleagues, and the teaching profession. She believes in each student and gives 100% to everything she does.
2021 Regional Teachers of the Year
Visit the OSPI Website to learn more about these teachers.
- David Buitenveld
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Capital Region Educational Service District 113
North Thurston Public Schools
- Megan Anderson Reilly
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Educational Service District 105
Yakima School District
- Erin Lark
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Educational Service District 112
Vancouver School District
- Chenoa Meagher
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Educational Service District 123
Kennewick School District
- Jackie Hentges
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - North Central Educational Service District 171
Brewster School District
- Devin Bauer
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Northeast Educational Service District 101
Nine Mile Falls School District
- Ben Ballew
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Northwest Educational Service District 189
Arlington School District
- David Tracewell
2021 Regional Teacher of the Year - Olympic Region Educational Service District 114
Central Kitsap School District
Posted by OSPI
WSIPC is so proud of the achievements of our Cooperative districts, teachers, and students! To learn how to become a part of the WSIPC Cooperative, visit our website or contact us at email@example.com or 425.349.6600.
WSIPC is a non-profit public agency that provides technology solutions, services, and support to K-12 schools. WSIPC’s purpose is to help schools do more with every dollar and to empower them with the tools to work smarter. To learn how your district can become part of the WSIPC Cooperative, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.349.6600.
WSIPC. Inspired by education. Empowered by technology.TM
Image Credit: The Phope