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Educator of the Year

Every year, MOHAI recognizes and honors an educator who personifies excellence in education, in the classroom, in after-school programs, in community spaces, or in cultural organizations, who is making a positive impact on students or youth up to grade 12.

Nominate an Educator of the Year

Everyone is invited to nominate an Educator of the Year during the annual spring nomination period.

This community nominated award recognizes an educator who:

  • Works with youth and students in any education setting, including classrooms, after-school programs, community spaces, or cultural or education organizations.
  • Demonstrates excellence in education.
  • Meaningfully addresses challenges in their school or community.

A selection committee including community members, MOHAI staff, and members of the MOHAI Board of Trustees Community Outreach and Engagement Committee reviews and selects the award winners.

The Educator of the Year receives a special honorarium and recognition at the annual MOHAI History Makers Gala.

Nominations for the 2023 Educator of the Year will open in this space during spring, 2023.

2022 Educator of the Year, Becky Laird

Becky is the Director of Special Education at NOVA High School and works with students who may be overlooked at other schools. Becky makes spaces to get to know each student, makes space for the unique needs of each student as well as space for personal safety and educational growth.

Previous Educators of the Year

2021 – Delbert Richardson, Unspoken Truths
2019 – Gerald Donaldson, Leschi Elementary School
2018 – Anna Howell, Meany Middle School
2017 – Clarence Acox, Garfield Jazz Program
2016 – Erin Chen, Seattle World School
2015 – Michael Oliviera, Interlake High School
2014 – James Ewing, Mount View Elementary
2013 – Lauren Blackburn, Cleveland High School
2012 – Patty Shelton, Bellevue School District
2011 – Liza Rickey, Newcastle Elementary School
2010 – Sara Williams, Margaret Lang, and Lisa Stroud, Westwood Elementary School

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