This week, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal submitted his supplemental budget priorities for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to Governor Inslee and the Office of Financial Management.

OLYMPIA — September 15, 2021 — Superintendent Reykdal’s budget priorities for the upcoming legislative session center on ensuring all students’ school environments are safe…


The state educators of the year were named by Superintendent Chris Reykdal in a ceremony livestreamed from the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP).

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.

OLYMPIA — September 13, 2021 — North Thurston Public Schools Native Student Program Specialist Jerad Koepp has been named 2022 Washington State Teacher of the Year, and…


On March 25, 2021, OSPI submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education to reduce the number of students who take state tests this spring, as well as the number of hours spent on those tests. Below is State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

OLYMPIA — April 14, 2021 —…


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

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

From one school nurse to another, I would advise one to approach the nurse job at the school as having hundreds of…


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

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

To the person just starting their career in education, I would tell them to keep an open mind about the students they…


Tina Nicpan-Brown is the North Central ESD 171 Regional Teacher of the Year and is a 5th Grade STEM Virtual Educator at Wenatchee Internet Academy in Wenatchee School District

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

Enjoy the process of the first year of teaching. There are so many things to learn, fail at and explore. Develop strong…


Sarah Manus is the Northwest ESD 189 Regional Teacher of the Year and is a 9th & 11th Grade Pre-AP English Teacher at Everett High School in Everett School District

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

Spend as much time as you can in the classrooms and workspaces of veteran educators, and invite them into your classroom as…


Randi Krieg is the ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year and is a 7th & 8th Grade Agriscience Teacher at Goldendale Middle School in Goldendale School District

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

It’s all about relationships! If you don’t show students that you care about them, they won’t care about what you want to…


Andres Gonzalez is the ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and is the Technology Director at Yakima School District

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

I would advise them that an important aspect of success is mindset, as mindset influences behavior which in turn influences outcomes. …


Tammy Oommen is the Northwest ESD 189 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and is a Paraeducator in School Intervention at Laventure Middle School in the Mount Vernon School District.

We’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words. Find more on our Spotlight page.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

I would advise new employees to be flexible. Flexibility and open to different situations that come about in schools. Evaluate your own…

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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