Blaine school district administrators, parents, faculty and students met during a Blaine school board meeting last Monday to recognize Terre Shapiro as Northwest Educational Service District (ESD) teacher of the year.
Shapiro, who has taught in the Blaine school district for more than 16 years, was selected from dozens of candidates from 35 districts in Skagit, Snohomish, Island and Whatcom counties by the ESD, a panel that oversees those districts. Earlier this summer, Shapiro and Blaine high school teacher Jeff Worthy were nominated from the Blaine school district to the ESD.
Shapiro will now go on to compete against teachers from eight other service districts from Washington. The winner there will go on to the national level competition.
District superintendent Jerry Jenkins said Shapiro was chosenfor her comprehensive teaching style and her ability to foster self-esteem in children through achievement.
“There were two real common themes that surfaced both from her peers and from parents,” Jenkins said. “The first is the relationships she builds with kids as far as fostering self-esteem through achievement as evidenced through her pledge.”
“The second is that she goes far beyond just the academics and extends herself into the community, linking families with needs for support, for example.”
Nancy Bakarich, principal of Blaine elementary school said Shapiro’s classroom feels like home to her students.
“Terre continually works with students until they feel successful,” she wrote in the nomination packet. “Her support for students and family is exemplary.”
Shapiro said she felt honored to accept the award but said the entire Blaine school district also needs recognition.
“I feel really honored to be here but I am accepting this award for all of us in Blaine,” she said. “It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to create a good school district. And we have that here. It is our award.”
Shapiro will go on to compete for the Washington State ESD Teacher of the Year award scheduled for October 18 at the Boeing Museum of Flight. If she wins, she will represent the entire state of Washington.