Lyon Terry, a fourth-grade teacher from Seattle’s Lawton Elementary, was named state teacher of the year Monday, chosen from nine regional finalists.
Here is what the Puget Sound Educational Service District wrote when Terry won the regional title last spring:
Mr. Terry … is an experienced educator, working in education for 19 years in both Washington state and New York. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, earning this advanced certification in 2010 as a middle childhood generalist.
In addition to his stellar work in the classroom, Mr. Terry’s accomplishments include leadership in his school. He serves as a mentor, leads professional learning opportunities, writes curriculum, and serves as a demonstration teacher in his school. He works collaboratively with his colleagues, leads his school’s literacy committee and has been selected by his district to work as part of a Literacy Cadre.
Mr. Terry’s leadership is felt in the community as well. He spearheaded the first walking school busses in Seattle, enabling students to walk to school safely accompanied by community volunteers. He also worked with a colleague to organize a walking field trip to a local park to plant trees for a new rain garden.
Terry is now a candidate for national teacher of the year. The last Washington teacher to win that honor was Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Zillah, in 2013.
Check back with Education Lab on Tuesday morning for more about Terry.