Regional Teacher of the Year

Connell Elementary Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year
Posted on 06/11/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Connell Elementary Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the YearMs. Rebecca Estock of the North Franklin School District has been named the Regional Teacher of the Year by Educational Service District 123. Currently serving as an intervention specialist at Connell Elementary School in North Franklin School District, Ms. Estock is described as an outstanding teacher who serves as a positive, calming voice for both her students and her peers. As the regional Teacher of the Year recipient, Ms. Estock now moves on to compete against finalists from Washington’s eight other ESDs in hopes of being named the 2020 State Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Estock works with students on reading and writing interventions i nclassAlongside an impressive resume, Ms. Estock is known as a meticulous and careful planner who never ceases in her focus on doing what is right for all students. Her colleagues describe her as determined, encouraging, and positive. Not only does she provide reading and writing interventions to over 300 of her school’s 550 students, Ms. Estock also serves as a district GLAD trainer and coach. (GLAD stands for Guided Language Acquisition and Design.) In one nomination letter, a fellow Connell Elementary teacher stated:

“…Rebecca has graciously done the job of two people: she coordinates all of our reading paras and their assignments, is a crucial part of our RTI process, runs the after-school tutoring, gathers and inputs data for all the students, and works with all teachers to problem solve student learning challenges or to celebrate students’ success in our school.”

Ms. Estock is an irreplaceable asset to the entire North Franklin School District. As the Regional Teacher of the Year, she will attend a long weekend of interviews, a leadership retreat, and an awards ceremony, all organized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), which operates the State Teacher of the Year program. Should she be selected as Washington State’s Teacher of the Year recipient, Ms. Estock will have the opportunity to compete for the national title.
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