Our Graduates

Rand Hodgson

Rand Hodgson MiT 2010, Evergreen's 2017 PK-12 Distinguished Education of the
Year Award recipient.

Many graduates have received local, regional, and national awards. Not just “Teacher of the Year” in their individual schools, but in their school districts and regionally.

Others have been recognized by local and professional organizations such as Rotary clubs, the Washington Art Education Association, and the Washington State Indian Education Association. Evergreen’s Professional Education Advisory Board also annually selects a Distinguished Educator of the Year.

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling MiT ’06 and Betty Williams MiT ’96 have even gone on to win the prestigious national Milken Education Award in 2014 and 2001. This award is considered one of the nation’s highest honors in education.

A New Generation of Innovators and Advocates

Nate Gibbs-Bowling

I get to leave my intellectual and cognitive fingerprints on 100 kids a year who are going out and hopefully becoming more informed citizens and especially being agents of change.

Nate Gibbs-Bowling, MiT ’06 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Alumni have crafted creative, interdisciplinary lessons.

  • David Hunter MiT ’11 uses zombies to teach geography to middle school students.
  • Katie Baydo Reed MiT ’06 teaches fourth graders about the use of Washington State Fairgrounds as a Japanese internment camp during World War Two.

They have also spoken out about the value of teaching and the need to advocate for all students.

  • Check out a recent article by Allison Linnea on Time: I Survived My First 3 Years of Teaching, and You Can Too.
  • The report “Intentionality: Strategic Preparation & Development to Retain Our Most Effective Teachers” by Teachers United was prepared with significant input by five our of our alumni.

My greatest successes have been seeing how some of my former high school students are now finding happiness in their own lives.

Avi Barnes, MiT ’04

Awards and Recognition, 2001–2016

Michaela Gile, MiT 1999, received The Evergreen State College PK-12 Educator of the Year Award for her exemplary work at Northshore Recovery High School of Beverly, Massachusetts. MiT’s Professional Educator Advisory Board (PEAB) selected Gile from a strong group of nominees for this year’s award based on her efforts to embrace the diversity of ALL students. Her curriculum choices and daily classroom practices have helped to shape the culture and philosophy of Northshore High School as a whole. She has demonstrated strong leadership on a Northshore staff committed to creating a safe, therapeutic learning environment to meet the diverse academic and recovery needs of students who have a diagnosed substance use disorder, and their families, who require considerable support in their caretaker roles.

Erin Landvatter, MiT 2000, received the Rangveld Kvelstad Teacher of the Year Award for 2015, an annual award in the North Kitsap School District. The North Kitsap Teacher of the Year Foundation made the selection, based on six student nominations at Kingston High School, where she teaches English.

Cosette Terry-itewaste, MiT 2000, after 12 years working for Native American communities, in grades 4-12 and adult education, she has recently been privileged to become the Quinault Indian Nation Language Developer and Lead Teacher. This opportunity came after she attained her PhD in Linguistics with a focus on Language Revitalization. It is the first time that the Quinault Indian Nation has had a Language Department and a huge step toward hearing their language spoken in their community.

Anne Hawkins, MiT 1999, helped the Jason Lee Middle School become Pierce County’s first National AVID Demonstration School for 2016! Through the committed leadership of a trained team of AVID educators, Jason Lee has implemented AVID schoolwide and has documented broad-based evidence of student achievement.

Wayne Au, MiT 1996, recently co-authored an article: OPT OUT, the revolt against standardized testing. Wayne also recently participated in in a panel on April 22 after the showing of the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” during the inauguration activities for Evergreen’s new president, George Bridges. He is also the recipient of UW Bothell’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. Au is an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies. Au’s achievements in multicultural education directly benefit student learning at UW Bothell. He has been instrumental in calling attention to  ways in which the curriculum and co-curriculum, through mindful and sophisticated consideration of diversity, robustly support student experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Betty Hicks, MiT 2002, received an “Outstanding Educator Award” in March 2016 from the Washington State PTA. She earned this recognition due to her performance as a 2nd grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary in Silverdale, WA.

Nicole Laib Rutledge, MiT 2007 has been selected as the Yelm Community Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year 2016. She teaches Math at Yelm Middle School. She was recognized for her leadership skills among all staff and particularly within the math department.

Justin Brooks, MiT 2006, was named "Educator of the Month" for April 2016 by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Teacher of the Year for 2016 at Lochburn Middle School. He teaches Language Arts and Social Studies.

Pamelia Valentine, MiT 1996, was selected to take part in the National Art Education Association’s School for Art Leaders 2016 Learning Community. The program will provide a transformative experience for art educators to both inspire and prepare members to become active leaders of positive change in the field of art education. Previously, she was honored as the ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year (2013) by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Pamelia teaches visual arts at Oakland Bay Junior High School in Shelton. Her principal stated, “Her classroom is truly a positive, safe, and rich learning environment that provides students with educational opportunities well beyond the basics of visual arts. Furthermore, Ms. Valentine puts students first, believes that all students can achieve at high levels, and does not give up on anyone, even those who have given up on themselves.”

Heather McCarthy, MiT 2002, will be the new Principal of Mountain View Elementary in Lacey beginning July 2016. Most recently, Mrs. McCarthy served as the Assistant Principal at Lakes Elementary in North Thurston Public Schools. Heather is well known as a dynamic, inspiring leader whose compassion and care for the whole child will make her an excellent fit for Mountain View.

Dominic Kehoe, MiT 2011, will be the new Head of School at Olympia Waldorf School starting summer 2016. For the past five years, Kehoe taught middle school Math, Science, and Technology at the NOVA school in Olympia.

Kelly Cowgill, MiT 2015, has been featured in 3 different articles in the Oregon Education Association’s quarterly publication. Links to these stories follow: “First in Class” – (p. 24) https://issuu.com/todaysoea/docs/toea_fall2015_final “The Toughest Challenge” – (p. 22) https://issuu.com/todaysoea/docs/toea_winter2016_final “An Inextinguishable Force of Optimism” – (p. 30) https://issuu.com/todaysoea/docs/toea_spring16_v4_web

Jim Anderson, MiT 2002, was named the Washington State Forensics Association Coach of the year for 2016! Subsequently, Jim was hired to be the Vice Principal at Black Hills High School in the Tumwater School District. Anderson starts in July 2016.

Sean Riley, MiT 2005, was featured in the Seattle Times “Under Our Skin” feature on Race. He was also one of eleven speakers at the Ignite Education Lab Event where he presented: Diversity is Uncomfortable! Diversity is Awesome! Sean won the 2014 PK-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from The Evergreen State College. He currently teaches at Catherine Blaine K-8 School in Seattle.

Hope Teague-Bowling, MiT 2006, a member of Teachers United, an advocacy group that promotes excellence in the teaching profession and equity for students, helped make House Bill 1345 a reality. Governor Jay Inslee signed the new law on March 31, 2016. The law outlines new definitions of professional learning and gives schools a push to begin incorporating professional learning opportunities for teachers. Hope attended the bill signing received one of the pens used.

Ryan Saunders, MiT 2010, now has an exciting new job in the other Washington. Saunders now works for The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). CCSSO is a nationwide, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization bringing together the top education leaders from every state. The organization, known for awarding the National Teacher of the Year Award, brings on Saunders to work in their Education Workforce Initiative as a Program Associate.

McCurdy Jones, MiT 2007, works with River Ridge High School’s new STEM Program! Mr. Jones teaches Robotics, Electronics, Construction Skills, and Manufacturing Technology. These new classes represent a focus shift on the part of River Ridge High School to get more students involved in STEM and health-related fields, like Sports Medicine.

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, MiT 2006, is the 2016 Puget Sound ESD 121 Regional Teacher of the Year and 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year. He was one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year. Nate teaches AP Government and Geography at Lincoln High School where he completed his ninth year in the profession. He is also the Pierce College Distinguished Alumni for 2015. Previously, Nate received the Milken Education Award in 2014. This $25,000 award, known by some as “the Oscar of teaching,” is awarded annually to about 40 recipients and is considered one of the country’s highest honors in education. Gibbs-Bowling was the only recipient in Washington State in 2014.

Theresa Holland-Schmid, MiT 1993, is the Olympic ESD 114 Regional Teacher of the Year 2016. She teaches English and Social Studies in the North Kitsap School District at Kingston High School. “Students at Kingston High School hold her in the highest regard for her compassion towards others, progressive teaching philosophy, and inherent love of education,” says former student Danielle Fox. “She can always be counted on to provide a smile and warm welcome as you enter her classroom. Her constant upbeat energy and respect for her students makes learning infectious, something that shows her adaptability and responsiveness to students as individuals. Mrs. Holland goes above and beyond expectations when it comes to curriculum standards and more importantly, connecting with her students.”

Cindel Tobias, MiT 2010, won the 2015 PK-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from The Evergreen State College. Cindel has taught Mathematics at Olympia High School in the Olympia School District. Cindel’s principal indicated that she models “a lead-by-example and champion for all attitude.” “Simply put, she is one of our best. Students and staff have enjoyed and profited from such a talented, team-oriented, and knowledgeable educator. She has been a cultural changer in our school.”

Kasinda Starmer, MiT 2012, has been awarded the "Teacher of the Year" for Chinook Middle School in the North Thurston Public Schools. This award is presented by the North Thurston Education Association and North Thurston Public Schools. Her principal mentioned that her perspective, as a teacher, was invaluable. Most importantly, Kasinda does a great job in the classroom. She puts a lot of time and effort into her planning, as well as feedback to students. She builds great rapport with our most at risk students.

Elisabeth Rene Wakcher (now Avnet), MiT 2005, has been awarded The 2015 Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. The Herbst Foundation recognized Elisabeth for engaging students in critical and creative thinking, inspiring the joy of learning resulting in higher levels of academic achievement, all the while challenging students to do their best work so they may achieve more than what their expectations might be.

Heather McCarthy, MiT 2002, will be the new Assistant Principal at Lakes Elementary in the North Thurston School District. She is a local graduate of Capital High School and received her B.A. from the University of Washington. She comes to us from Tenino School District where she has worked as a 5th grade teacher and Dean of Students. “Ms. McCarthy is a strong communicator...and has exhibited the willingness and ability to provide building leadership in the new teacher evaluation system, reading instruction, academic interventions and other endeavors,” said Tenino Supt. Joe Belmonte. Heather has her Masters in Teaching from The Evergreen State College and her educational leadership certification from Western Governors University.

Alexandria Haas, MiT 1994, has been named principal of McMicken Heights Elementary in the Highline School District. Alexandria comes to Highline from Mercer Middle School in Seattle where she served as literacy assistant principal. This is her twentieth year in education. She spent her first decade as an elementary teacher in East Los Angeles, and later served as an ELL/Title coach in the Northshore School District and as a literacy coach in Seattle Public Schools. She graduated with her Master in Teaching from The Evergreen State College and received her master’s in educational administration and leadership from California State University, Los Angeles.

Vanessa Banner, MiT 2002, has been selected as the new principal for Technology, Engineering and Communications (TEC) High School in the Highline School District. For the past 12 years, Vanessa has been with Tacoma Public Schools, where she served as assistant principal at Meeker Middle School and Jason Lee Middle School. In addition to teaching language arts and social studies at Jason Lee, she was the language arts department chair, athletic director, and AVID site coordinator. Previously, she served as a teacher and athletic coach Gault Middle School. Vanessa has a bachelor’s degree in history from U.W., a master’s in teaching from The Evergreen State College in 2002, and principal certification from Pacific Lutheran University.

Joe Boyer, MiT 2012, was named March 2015’s Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month. He has only taught at Clover Park High School for three years but is already making a big impact on students. Boyer teaches American Literature, American History and AP Human Geography. He enjoys his students’ unique perspectives and is encouraged when they master a skill like writing. “Joe was nominated because not only is he an exceptional humanities teacher with extraordinary content knowledge, but because of his seemingly limitless dedication to our students,” said CPHS principal.

David Hunter, MiT 2011, was awarded the 2015 outstanding Support for Geographic Education Award from the National Council for Geographic Education for his “Zombie Based Learning”.

Nikki Dunbar, MiT 2012, Language Arts Teacher at Pacific Middle School, was presented with The Ducky Award this past May by her Superintendent in Highline School District. In their announcement, the Superintendent had the following to say: “Nikki is passionate about the teaching profession, her students, and her colleagues... Nikki is like a sponge—absorbing any knowledge that could help improve the lives of her students... Her passion is contagious and her desire to improve the educational lives of our students is inspirational.”

Joanna Tovar Barnes, MiT 2010, was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for K-12 teachers. She will be spending a few weeks in Madrid in summer of 2015 as part of this exciting opportunity!

Wayne Au, Ph.D, MiT 1996, is the recipient UW Bothell’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. Au is an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies. Au’s achievements in multicultural education directly benefit student learning at UW Bothell. He has been instrumental in calling attention to ways in which the curriculum and co-curriculum, through mindful and sophisticated consideration of diversity, robustly support student experiences inside and outside the classroom. As chair of the Diversity Council, Au’s leadership has earned the respect and admiration of faculty, staff and students. The nomination by a student was accompanied by support letters from fellow faculty and undergraduate students, including a collective letter from this year’s Academic Transition Program (ATP) class. The year-long academic preparation program is designed to provide assistance geared toward historically disadvantaged, low-income and first generation college students. He was featured in The Evergreen Magazine Fall-Winter 2014.

Victoria Benson, MiT 2005, was awarded the December 2014 Cause for Applause award from the North Thurston School District. In the recommendation letter, written by a former parent it said “I am glad to say that it is because of her that my children, along with the entire classes, developed immense interest in learning. They also improved impressively their reading and writing skills. She is a perfect blend of strictness and kindness. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior.”

Kelli Fisher, MiT 2005, has been accepted to the June 2015 Writing Institute at Teacher College/Columbia University in New York. Kelli teaches at the Decatur Island School. It is one of the smallest public schools in the country! It is part of the Lopez Island School District and has Kindergarten through 8th grade in a one room school setting. Decatur is a non-ferry-served island in WA's San Juan Islands.

Joshua Parker, MiT 2007 and Social Studies teacher at Shelton High School since 2008, was honored in 2014 to be nominated for the Washington State's Legislature's Civic Educator of the Year Award by 35th District state Representative Drew MacEwen. MacEwen stated that "Joshua has routinely brought his Advanced Placement students to the Capitol as an opportunity to engage them in the legislative process and interact with elected officials." He further said that "It is clear from talking with his students that he is enthusiastic about education and passionate about showing how they can give back to their communities."

Nora Hallet, MiT 2001, was awarded The 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association for Language Teaching. Hallet is currently the World Languages Department head at Timberline High School. She also serves on the North Thurston Public Schools World Language Leadership Team. “She is a model of a dedicated World Language Teacher.”

Sean Riley, MiT 2005, won the 2014 PK-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from The Evergreen State College. Sean has taught Literature and Composition at Global Connections High School in the Highline School District. Sean’s principal summarized an important central theme when he stated, “This is the hallmark of Sean’s approach to teaching, that all students find relevance and meaning in learning.” Ms. Schicht, his colleague, commented, “He…serves as a good example to me to be dedicated to being a champion of equity for every student.”

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, who earned an undergraduate degree at Evergreen in 2004 and a Masters in Teaching in 2006, was recently awarded the 2014 Milken Education Award. The $25,000 award, which is known by some as “the Oscar of teaching,” goes out annually to about 40 recipients and is considered one of the country’s highest honors in education. Gibbs-Bowling is the only recipient this year in Washington State. Gibbs-Bowling grew up in the Lincoln High School neighborhood in Tacoma and sees his career there as an opportunity to give back to his community.

Laura Handy-Nimick, MiT 2005 earned the Bethel School District’s Teacher of the Year award for 2013–14 in Spanaway, Washington. Laura has taught at Spanaway Middle School for the last 5 years. This is her 9th year in the Bethel School District. Of the 1000 teachers in the Bethel School District, she has been recognized by her peers as the best there is.

Liz Fegley, MiT 2010, was recognized as New Educator of 2014 at Woodbridge Senior High in Woodbridge, VA. She currently teaches Dance and states that she owes everything to the MiT Program.

Susi O’Bryan, MiT 2002, was named 2014 Teacher of the Year at Nisqually Middle School in Lacey where she teaches Reading.

Jeremiah Tuckett, MiT 2006, was named 2014 Teacher of the Year at South Sound High School in Lacey, where he teaches science. This is the third year (2010, 2011, 2014) that Jeremiah has received this award.

Mike Fekete, MiT 2011, was named the 2014 Ann Anderson Teacher of the Year at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Mentor, Ohio.

Rob Cahill, MiT 2008, won the 2013 PK-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from The Evergreen State College. Rob has taught math and science at Lakes Elementary in Lacey. In partnership with Thurston County Solid Waste, Cahill initiated and currently coordinates the “Food to Flowers” waste reduction program at Lakes. Cahill’s participation with the North Thurston School District math cadres and his dedication to his students’ have also earned him this recognition.

Pamelia Valentine, MiT 1999, was honored as the ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year (2013) by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Pamelia teaches Visual Arts at Oakland Bay Junior High School in Shelton. Her principal stated, “Her classroom is truly a positive, safe and rich learning environment that provides students with educational opportunities well beyond the basics of visual arts. Furthermore, Ms. Valentine put students first, believes that all students can achieve at high levels, and does not give up on anyone, even those who have given up on themselves.”

Frank Casey, MiT 2006, and his Art students at Clover Park High School were recognized by the U.S. Army’s 513rd Transportation Company for designing and painting a mural in the company’s boardroom. The mural shows scenes of the company’s history. Casey was contacted by the company at the beginning of the school year with an invitation to paint a mural in their boardroom. With some input from the head of the company, Captain Nathan Clayton, the CPHS art club came up with a design. The students who volunteered their time are from the CPHS’ art club, an advanced drawing and painting class and a beginning exploring art class.

Nanette Navarro, MiT 2006, was honored by the Rotary Club of Kent, WA as their teacher of the month for her commitment to social justice in the classroom!

David Hunter, MiT 2011, has received national recognition for his Geography “Zombie Based Learning” curriculum. He has been featured on NPR, CNN and Amplify Education. He engages students in the work of real geographers through their interest in zombies. David teaches at the Big Picture School in Bellevue.

Carole Layton, MiT 1994, received recognition for her work as a dedicated teacher during the Champion For Kids Celebration. The celebration is put on annually by TOGETHER!, a Thurston County nonprofit organization “dedicated to engaging and mobilizing families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth”.

Angela Farley, MiT 1999, was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year for River Ridge High School in the North Thurston School District. This award is presented by the North Thurston Education Association and North Thurston Public Schools. Angela teaches English, Literature and Composition.

Alissa Niemi Heikkila, MiT 2007, had her classroom featured in a book about socially just teaching and she presented her instructional strategies at the National Council for Teachers of English and the Washington Association of School Administrators conferences. Alissa’s class was a model for creating interdependent learning communities and integrating social justice themes within literary analysis.

Tim Holman, MiT 1999, won the 2012 K-12 Distinguished High School Educator of the Year from The Evergreen State College. Tim’s nomination was based on his outstanding work with students and his dedication to bringing community members and important political figures into direct conversation with his students. Tim teaches at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY.

Kate (Trafton) Hudson, MiT 2003, won the 2012 K-12 Distinguished Middle School Educator of the Year from The Evergreen State College. Kate is committed to helping others succeed and reaches out to new teachers. Her principal stated, “I cannot overemphasize Kate’s positive impact on the sixth graders in our building, her colleagues in the building, and the 5th grade math teachers in the district. She is a game changer and extremely valuable to the Olympia School District.” She teaches 6th grade Math and Science at Marshall Middle School in Olympia.

Janet O’Halloran, MiT 1998, won the 2012 K-12 Distinguished Elementary Educator of the Year from The Evergreen State College. Janet is completing her 14th year as an elementary teacher in the Olympia School District, currently working with 3rd graders at McKenny Elementary. Her principal stated, “What makes Ms. O’Halloran stand out in our field is her extraordinary skill and commitment with students, at the school level, as a District leader and in the larger political efforts of public education. On this respect, she represents the core values inherent to our profession and more specifically to The Evergreen State College’s philosophy of understanding the social relevance and responsibility of our work.”

Amada Lang, MiT 2005, was awarded Washington State’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year, 2012 by the Washington Art Education Association. Amada teaches art at Horizons Elementary in the North Thurston School District. She stated that her favorite part of teaching art is seeing her students’ amazement at their own ability and creativity.

Tamar Krames, MiT 2006, was named Educator of the Month for April 2012 by the Lakewood Rotary. Tamar teaches English Language Learners at Clover Park High School. Her principal stated, “Tamar exhibits a personable affinity with parents, staff and students. She represents herself as a strong role model for young women and men – many of whom do not have support at home, especially those who are struggling to learn a new language, a different culture, and rigorous expectations to graduate.”

Annie Soles, MiT 1993, was named “Teacher of the Year 2012” for Nisqually Middle School in the North Thurston School District. This award is presented by the North Thurston Education Association and North Thurston Public Schools. “ I love my job and am passionate about sharing my interests in biology and instilling a desire to learn more about our natural world,” Soles writes. “I have enjoyed exploring with my students the wonders of nature and challenges that we face in regard to our environment’s health.”

Sarah Applegate, MiT 1992, was recognized at the 40th Anniversary of The Evergreen State College by the Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame. Applegate was the first All-American in Evergreen’s history; she swam with the Geoducks while earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is Nationally Board Certified and currently is the teacher/librarian at River Ridge High School in Lacey. Sarah received a Fulbright Award in Teaching in 2011 to study the education system in Finland.

Jerry Price, MiT 1995, teaches Social Studies at Yelm High School. He was named the 2011 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Yelm Community Schools. Jerry was selected for going “above and beyond” to contribute toward the mission and vision of the district in serving students.

Armin Antonio, MiT 2002, was named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Baker Middle School in Tacoma, where he teaches science.

Cecily Schmidt, MiT 2004, won the 2011 K-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year from The Evergreen State College. Cecily was nominated by her Dean of Students at Capital High School in Olympia where she teaches Art. This award was established in 2011 to recognize Teacher Education Programs alumni who are doing great things in the schools.

Hilary Davis, MiT 2007, a 5th grade teacher at McLane Elementary in Olympia, was recently awarded the 2011 “Champion of Differences” award from the Olympia School District. The award is given to an employee who teaches the value of diversity.

Kathy Blue, MiT 2009, of Woodbrook Middle School in the Clover Park School District, recently brought eighty 8th grade students to compete in an annual academic competition as part of the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Day. Kathy’s students swept the wind turbine competition by winning all three awards for the middle school category and also won awards in Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Sail Cars and Straw Towers.

Ervanna Little Eagle, MiT 2004, was awarded the 2011 “Indian Educator of the Year” by the Washington State Indian Education Association. Ervanna teaches Language Arts at Tulalip Heritage High School. Mt. Vernon School District commended her work as helping to “bridge academics, culture, and hands on learning… together, these strategies help engage learners as never before.”

Rob Cahill, MiT 2008, was named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Lakes Elementary School. Rob also spearheaded a school-wide composting campaign.

Nicola Wethall, M. Ed. 2011, won the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. She chose to attend the M.Ed. Program at Evergreen.

Brian Eggleston, MiT 2005, of Washougal High School was named 2010 Teacher of the Year for ESD 112. He teaches Spanish and is the Foreign Language Department Chair.

Sally Jamison, MiT 2007, teaches English at Chinook Middle School in Lacey. She was named 2010 Teacher of the Year for her school, and stated, “I owe much of the congratulations for Teacher of the Year to MiT.”

Isis Albert, MiT 2001, was named Washington State Bilingual Educator of the Year 2010 by the Washington Association of Bilingual Education. She teaches at Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton.

Ashley Rupp, MiT 2000, won the 2010 Dick Williams Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to multiculturalism and diversity in the North Thurston Public Schools. It is the highest award the district offers for diversity education.

Lauri Boren, MiT 1994, coached three teams of her 5th grade science students from B.F. Day Elementary in Seattle who were selected to participate in the 2008 National Science foundation Sally Ride TOY Challenge. One team won an honorable mention in design; another team won an honorable mention in engineering.

Laura Handy-Nimick, MiT 2005, was recognized as one of six winners of the 2008 Teachers Who Make a Difference Award, presented by Sylvan Learning Center and King 5 Television. It was also noted that after a year of working with Ms Handy, 76% of a group of students who had not met the WASL reading standard were successful in meeting standard.

Wayne Au, MiT 1996, recently authored and edited a new book through publisher Rethinking Schools. The book is titled Rethinking Multicultural Education.

Burke Anderson, Teacher Education 1989, was presented “The 2010 Innovator” – Changes Making a Difference Award from the Olympia School District.

Lisa Lamoreaux, M. Ed. 2010, was named 2010 Teacher of the Year at River Ridge High School in Lacey, where she teaches special education.

Joanna Barnes, MiT 2010, of Evergreen Elementary in Shelton was named 2011 New Teacher of the Year. Joanna teaches third grade.

Frank Casey, MiT 2006, organized Clover Park High School’s first annual Arts Festival on April 28, 2011. The event was a great success with lots of art, positive energy, students, teachers, parents and community members.

Amada Lang, MiT 2005, of Horizons Elementary in Lacey was named 2010 Teacher of the Year for her school. In a recent project covered by The Olympian her art students made self-portraits out of recycled materials.

Jeff Reagan, MiT 1999, of Timberline High School in Lacey, and his broadcasting students received an honorable mention for their broadcast news show at the 2010 Washington Journalism Education Association competition.

Julia Anderson, MiT 2007, and her colleague Joel Carlson have founded Be Academy, a school in Portland based on the idea that students deserve one-on-one personalized support and instruction.

Emily Coulter, MiT 2007, helped her students’ reading scores improve so significantly in 2009 that the principal sent her to Columbia University for a special summer program to prepare Ms. Coulter for a leadership position in reading in her school.

Todd Sessoms, MiT 2007, was a presenter at the 2009 Northwest Annual Teaching for Social Justice Conference. He was a recipient of a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History grant in April 2008. He received an all-expenses paid trip to Cambridge University to participate in a Summer Seminar on the African American Civil Rights Movement.

Heather McCarthy, MiT 2002, a 5th grade teacher at Tenino Elementary was recognized for her students recently testing at a 7th grade level.

Tara Bogdon, MiT 2010, received attention from The Olympian on May 24, 2010, for her innovative, service oriented math lesson.

Katie Baydo-Reed, MiT 2006, who teaches at Olympic View Elementary in Lacey, was published in a recent issue of Rethinking Schools magazine. Her article, entitled “Learning about the Un-Fairgrounds,” is about teaching the history of the Puyallup fairgrounds, which is the site of the Japanese internment camp during WWII.

Bec Giffen, MiT 2009, a 6th grade teacher at Meadows Elementary in Lacey, and a couple of her fellow teachers received the “Kids Are Growing” grant from the Washington State Potato Commission in 2010.

Adeena Chamberlain, MiT 2007, presented an art unit on Ray and Charles Eames and their house of cards at the 2009 Artstime, All the Time conference.

Daniel Thrall, MiT 2003, was named 2009 Teacher of the Year for his school, Mountain View High School, Arizona.

Amada Lang, MiT 2005 and Aimee Leggett, MiT 2006, received the Outstanding New Art Educators of the Year award in 2007 from the Washington Art Education Association.

Audrey Sharp, MiT 2005, received the Outstanding Young Art Educator Teacher of the Year award in 2006 from the Washington Art Education Association.

Kathy Miller, MiT 2003, and Kate Trafton, MiT 2003, participated in the 2003 National Association for Multicultural Education International Conference in Seattle. They presented their topic, “Multicultural Math and Science: Theory and Guidelines for Practice” to a packed audience of educational professionals.

Darice Johnson, MiT 1996, received the 2003 KCTS 9 Golden Apple Award for epitomizing excellence in education.

Betty Williams, MiT 1996, won the 2001 Milken Award in for furthering excellence in education.

Joanne Browne, MiT 1998, coordinated twenty 7th, 8th, and 9th grade teams who competed in the Lexus Environmental Challenge. Six of those teams won $3000 regional awards, and then competed in the world challenge. Two seventh and one ninth grade team won first place prizes of $50,000 each.

Gordon Quinlan, MiT 2004, was recognized by the Sunnyside Grange for changing the quality of support for students with disabilities in his high school.