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    Tracy Gill Named Regional Teacher of the Year
    Posted on 08/24/2018
    Tracy Gill with her daughter at Stonehenge

    Regional Teacher of the Year: Tracy Gill, Denny International Middle School

    Tracy Gill, a 6th grade social studies teacher at Denny International Middle School, has been awarded the Regional Teacher of the Year; representing Puget Sound Educational Service District 121.

    She also is a candidate for the 2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year Award after receiving a flood of nominations from her colleagues and other leaders in Seattle Public Schools.

    The Teacher of the Year is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Washington's Teacher of the Year program and recognizes as many as 10 regional finalists, selecting one state Teacher of the Year annually.

    The selection of the Washington state Teacher of the Year will be announced in September. The state Teacher of the Year will go on as Washington’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.

    The Regional Teacher of the Year is selected by the following criteria, which is also used to select the State Teacher of the Year.

    The teacher:

    • Has the respect and admiration of their colleagues.
    • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
    • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
    • Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
    • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
    • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

    At Denny International Middle School, Tracy is a member of their Racial Equity Team; responsible for developing the capacity of staff to adopt gap-closing strategies and build awareness of the impact of race and poverty on learning. She is knowledgeable at working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

    Tracy has been an active leader of Seattle Public Schools’ Ethnic Studies Working Group and has worked to coordinate the development of curriculum pilots which will be the foundation for a future Ethnic Studies curriculum. Her activism also extends to the Race and Equity Center of the Seattle Education Association, and she has participated in events to help develop the knowledge and understanding of Seattle teachers.

    She is a member of the Seattle-King County NAACP Ethnic Studies Resolution Committee, the group that wrote the resolution that spurred Seattle Public Schools efforts to expand and improve ethnic studies in Seattle’s curriculum.

    Photo: Tracy Gill and her daughter visiting Stonehenge. Photo submitted by Ms. Gill.