Darrington teacher was finalist for Washington’s Teacher of the Year

Darrington teacher was finalist for Washington’s Teacher of the Year

DARRINGTON — A high school teacher here has been recognized as one of the top educators in the state.

Linne Haywood was a finalist for Washington’s Teacher of the Year award. She was one of nine regional teachers of the year.

Haywood, an English teacher, is described as exuberant and enthusiastic. She’s taught in Darrington since 1999. She started an alternative learning program to help students get credits and finish their diplomas after dropping out. She also teaches leadership and advises student government. She coaches volleyball and leads professional development for high school staff. This year, she offered two College in the High School classes for Darrington students.

Haywood also volunteers on the board of directors for North Counties Family Services. Her four children graduated from Darrington High School.

On Monday, Spokane teacher Mandy Manning was named the statewide Teacher of the Year. Manning will advance to the national competition.

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