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From left to right — Back row: Brenda Hitchins, Janis Campbell-Aikens, Tina Nicpan-Brown, Adriana Vanbianchi. Second row from back: Boo Balkan Foster, Andres Gonzalez, Sarah Manus, Becky Adderson. Middle row: Tammy Oommen, Linda Johnson, Nancy Baldwin. Front row: Nadine Owen, Jerad Koepp, Randi Krieg.

All K–12 school employees in Washington state were required by Governor Inslee to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a medical or religious exemption by October 18, 2021. Following the effective date, OSPI collected data from each public school district and charter school in the state.

Linda Johnson is the ESD 123 Regional Teacher of the Year and is the ECEAP Teacher at The Early Learning Center in Richland School District

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Brenda Hitchins is the ESD 112 Regional Teacher of the Year and is the High School Baking & Culinary Teacher at Washougal High School in Washougal School District

Brenda Hitchins

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Nadine Owen is the Capitol Region ESD 113 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and is the Restorative Room Supervisor at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Olympia School District

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Adriana Vanbianchi is the North Central ESD 171 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and is the School District Nurse for Methow Valley Schools

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Sheri Schmidt is the Olympic Region ESD 114 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and is a Special Education Paraeducator at Poulsbo Elementary School in North Kitsap School District

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Led by Supt. Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state.

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