Shapironominated for state teacher

Published on Thu, Jun 23, 2005 by ack Kintner

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Shapiro nominated for state teacher

By Jack Kintner

Last spring the Blaine school district administration nominated Blaine primary school teacher Terre Shapiro as a Teacher of the Year candidate to the area’s educational service district (ESD) 198.

On June 9 the ESD’s Professional Development Coordinating Council, consisting of a superintendent, a principal and a number of other professional peers selected Shapiro as the Regional Teacher of the Year.

Shapiro becomes one of 13 nominees for the state-wide Teacher of the Year title. As the regional honoree, Shapiro will be awarded $500. The state winner receives $6,000 and the national winner gets a year-long sabbatical.

ESD 198 covers the counties of Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish in northwest Washington and includes 35 school districts operating 353 schools. There are 61 private schools in the area that are also eligible to submit nominees.

Blaine primary school counselor and colleague Leaf Schumann said that while picking one person out of a school district or out of a field of thousands of qualified teachers in the five counties is difficult, “we’re all proud to have her as the candidate. She works very hard.”

Currently vacationing in her native North Dakota, Shapiro said she was delighted to be selected, but that her work is supported “by an excellent staff and wonderful colleagues. It’s a team effort.” Shapiro came to the Blaine school district in 1989 after four years in Lincoln City, Oregon.