2016-17 NCESD Regional Teacher of the Year Announced
CAMILLE JONES NAMED NCESD 2016 REGIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
North Central ESD is proud to announce the selection of Camille Jones as the 2016-17 Regional Teacher of the Year. Camille has been employed at Quincy School District for two years as Pioneer Elementary STEAM Enrichment and Highly Capable Teacher, and has a total of six years experience in education.
Camille’s nominator stated, “Mrs. Jones does an outstanding job integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into a school-wide multi-tiered enrichment program. All K-3 students authentically engage in a variety of hands on STEAM projects from painting in the style of Van Gogh to programming robots. Ask any Pioneer Elementary Student what the best part of their day was and the common response is, ‘STEAM!’ …. The experiences Mrs. Jones provides our Title I/majority ELL students are inspiring.”
Camille wrote, “When today’s teachers were students, education reflected the industry-based world we lived in. The most important skills were ‘knowing a trade, following directions, getting along with others, working hard, and being professional. Although these are still important and valuable traits, today’s students will need an entirely different set of skills to become successful adults in the competitive, global, information-based society they will inherit.”
A letter of recommendation stated, “The first thing that struck me about Camille was her ability to clearly communicate a vision for what students need in order to be successful … her ability to bring out the best in all students is an absolute pleasure to watch.”
A third grade student of Camille’s wrote, “I think Ms. Jones should be teacher of the year because she is very kind and helpful and always makes me feel like I can do anything … I really hope she is Washington’s Teacher of the Year!”
Superintendent John Boyd from Quincy School District commented, “Camille is a teacher who is always striving to meet the needs of 21st century learners with innovative activities that are hands on and that integrate technology in ways that motivate learners. She is a teacher who gets results. Her reach goes well beyond the classroom as she targets every single kid in the school for enrichment by engaging the whole school community in monthly enrichment challenges for students. Camille is a team player who works collaboratively with students, staff and parents to make enrichment available to all kids in ways that are fun, meaningful and challenging.”
The nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) participate in the state Teacher of the Year (TOY) program by selecting one winner from the school district nominees in their area to serve as regional teacher of the year. One teacher will be selected in September to represent Washington State in the National Teacher of the Year Program, and the winner will compete for National Teacher of the Year. The nine regional winners will continue to represent their regions in activities for the TOY program including a spring reception in Olympia attended by the governor. For further information about this program, please contact North Central ESD at 665-2621.
Congratulations to Camille for this honor bestowed on her by her fellow educators, and our best wishes go with her as she competes for the state and national teacher of the year awards
We would like to welcome Curt Schutzmann to the Quincy School District as the new George Elementary Principal. Curt holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Washington University. He has worked for the Ronan School District since 2008 and presently serves as an Elementary School Vice-Principal. Prior to his administrative work, Curt was K-12 PE Teacher in Bridgeport and Mansfield. His background in elementary education and his experience working with students in a high poverty district will help George Elementary continue their work. Curt, his wife, and two children (8th and 11th grade) will soon be making the move from Montana to Quincy. Please join us in welcoming Curt and his family to the Quincy School District Team!
Dear Quincy School District Staff,
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Susan Yaw passed away this afternoon at her parents’ home in Dixie, Washington after a courageous battle with Cancer. As a long-time 1st Grade Teacher, TPEP Coach, and QEA president Susan had an unmatched passion for students, her co-workers, and the education profession. We often use the words “kids first” but Susan embodied this phrase. Whether it was writing stories for her students about her dog, or working with teachers, Susan made it all about the kids. I feel privileged to have known and worked with Susan--she will definitely be missed. Susan’s family is incredibly thankful for all the support shown by her Quincy School District Family. We will keep you updated as the family decides on plans for a memorial service.
Susan’s memorial service will be Monday, August 8th 11:00 at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens 300 SE Myra Rd Walla Walla, WA 99324.
John L. Boyd
Quincy School District
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