AP College Board honors two Kamiak teachers

Sarah Manus (Northwest Educational Service District 189)

Sarah Manus (Northwest Educational Service District 189)

Kamiak High School Career and Technical Education teachers Sean Moore and Nate Binz have been recognized by the AP College Board for the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

The award is in recognition of expanding young women’s access to both college-level AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A classes. Teachers and schools are recognized for their work toward equal gender representation. Kamiak is one of only 56 schools across the country to be recognized for achieving this important outcome in both courses.

Evergreen teacher wins regional distinction

Evergreen Middle School Language Arts teacher Sarah Manus has been named the 2022 Regional Teacher of the Year by the Northwest Educational Service District 189.

She was selected from a group of 15 teacher nominees from across the region.

During remote and hybrid learning, Manus saw many students struggling emotionally and academically, and recognized the need to empower them by celebrating their efforts as well as their achievements. One way she did was by incorporating lessons from Habits of the Mind into her teaching and feedback processes. As explained by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University, “The Habits of the Mind are an identified set of 16 problem solving, life-related skills necessary to effectively operating in society and promote strategic reasoning.”

“I would hone in on things I saw kids doing so I could share successes with every single family, even with the kids who I’d never even seen their faces because that was the reality this year,” Manus said.

As part of the application process for the award, Manus explained her teaching philosophy. “Teaching is an opportunity to show my students I respect them as whole people. I trust them enough to invite complex issues into the classroom. It is their job to think; it is my job to invite the question, to let them exercise their autonomy. This shows what I believe about teaching; it is an active effort toward social justice.”

In addition to her inspiring approaches in the classroom, Manus helps with teacher training, advocates for student-centric teaching and grading practices and is a key member of the school’s equity team.

As a regional Teacher of the Year, Manus will compete against eight regional finalists from across Washington for the title of 2022 State Teacher of the Year.

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