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Sunnyside Math Coach Named ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- A Sunnyside middle school math coach will succeed the 2013 National Teacher of the Year as the new Educational Service District 105 Regional Teacher of the Year.

Josh Schlegel, the math coach from Sunnyside's Harrison Middle School, was announced today as the ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.  

Last year's winner, Jeff Charbonneau, the teacher from Zillah High School, went on to become the 2013 National Teacher of the Year back in April.

Schelgel will serve as one of 9 educators selected by each of our state's regional ESDs as nominees for the title of the 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year.  The statewide title will be announced by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction on Sept. 23, during a ceremony at the Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.

 Schlegel joined the Sunnyside School District in 2007 as a math teacher at Harrison, then entered his current position as a math coach in 2009 at a time when the school was experiencing significant challenges in student math achievement. 

Through his collaborative leadership efforts with staff to revolutionize the school's math program, Harrison Middle School's math scores went from being ranked among the Washington Achievement Index's bottom 14% to leaping into that scale's top 4% in a span of just two years. 

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