Smart Shopper
The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Everett High teacher honored for Navy Jr. ROTC program

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Pinterest icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
  • Rick Gile, an Everett high school NROTC teacher was nominated for Teacher of the Year, one of nine Washington teachers to be nominated for the award.

    Rick Gile photo

    Rick Gile, an Everett high school NROTC teacher was nominated for Teacher of the Year, one of nine Washington teachers to be nominated for the award.

SEATTLE -- Everett High School teacher Rick Gile, one of nine people nominated for Washington's Teacher of the Year award, didn't walk away with the statewide honor Monday.
Instead, he said he walked away with friendships gained during a weekend of meetings with regional winners from across the state.
"The nine of us have a special bond that will never be broken," he said.
The annual award, presented by state schools superintendent Randy Dorn in Seattle on Monday, went to Jeffrey Charbonneau, who teaches at Zillah High School, recognizing his efforts to increase student interest in science.
Gile, 56, was selected as a regional winner in an area with 35 school districts stretching from the Snohomish County to the Canadian boarder.
Gile, who previously served as a commander in the U.S. Navy, leads the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Everett High School.
"I absolutely love what I do," he said.
Gile said that when he was hired for the job six years ago, he knew it would be a challenge.
"I looked at this and said it's a very broken program, but I'll fix it," he said.
Under his leadership, the program grew from 41 to 120 participants and was later named the most improved unit of its kind in the nation.
Many local organizations, including Everett's senior center and the city's parks department know the unit for the thousands of hours the unit devotes to community service projects each year, Gile said.
Gile said the goal of the program isn't to recruit students to the military but to build a sense of citizenship.
"We pride ourselves by how many go on to higher education," he said.
Two other Everett teachers also have been nominated for programs honoring professional excellence.
Allison Greenberg, 38, previously taught at Hawthorne Elementary School and now helps guide science programs for the district's kindergarten and elementary school students.
Debbie Strong, 45, is a fifth-grader teacher at Forest View Elementary School.
They are two of six Washington teachers selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The award program, established in 1983, is considered the highest recognition that a public school mathematics or science teacher can receive for teaching in the United States.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or
Story tags » Everett School DistrictAwards and PrizesNavy

More Local News Headlines


HeraldNet Headlines

Top stories and breaking news updates


Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus