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State Board of Education to Recognize 2014 Teacher of the Year, Hold Public Hearings

Release Date: 

January 6, 2014

TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will recognize Washington’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Katie Brown, and hold two public hearings at the January 8-9 board meeting in Tumwater, at the New Market Skills Center.

What:      State Board of Education Board Meeting

When:      8:30 am to 5 pm, Wednesday, January 8
                 8:30 am to 3 pm, Thursday, January 9

Where:     New Market Skills Center
                 Lecture Hall Room
                 7299 New Market Street SW
                 Tumwater, WA 98501

Brown was named Washington’s 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). She has taught at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham for the last 11 years, first as a social studies and language arts teacher and the last two years as an English language learner (ELL) specialist.

Brown has implemented a series of very successful ELL family nights where families once hidden in shadows can build community, ask questions about school curriculum and stay informed about their child’s education – even across many different languages.

The board will also hold two public hearings on:

The meeting agenda and materials are now available at:

Time for public comment will be provided. The public and news media are invited to attend.


Contact: Sarah Lane, SBE Communications Manager, (360) 725-6501

About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.

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Media Contact: 

Alissa Muller, SBE Communications Manager, (360) 725-6501