Washington state’s 2014 Teacher of the Year is: Katie Brown of Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham.
Brown received the award during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Experience Music Project museum in Seattle. As the recipient, she will go on to compete for National Teacher of the Year and attend Space Camp next summer.
Brown also will complete a collection of teacher tales that will be shared with state legislators, educational leaders and other stakeholders.
The other regional finalists for the award were Jeffrey Dunn of Deer Park High School, Joshua Schlegel of Harrison Middle School in Sunnyside, Sheila Stuhlsatz of Kalama Middle/High School, Laura Currie of Centennial Elementary School in Olympia, Eric Samson of Central Kitsap Junior High School in Silverdale, Amy Abrams of Northwood Middle School in Kent, Bernice Hanan of Maya Angelou Elementary School in Pasco, Matthew Brewer of Soap Lake High School.
Currie graduated from Olympia High School in 1962 and has taught in the Olympia School District for many years. To view her recent interview with The Olympian, go tohttp://www.theolympian.com/2013/09/23/2738240/top-teacher-never-forgets-to-laugh.html.