International Education Washington

State Teacher of the Year International Ed Scholarship

This project is part of the grant from Asia Society/Longview Foundation, but we are still seeking separate financial support for it. (Note: upon reviewing our grant budget on January 14, 2005, we were able to reallocate funding to provide $1500 for this project.)

Update 7/27/2005: Read Thank-You Letter from Tamara Steen for trip to Guam.

Purpose: Increase visibility of International Education by linking it to teaching success

Timeframe: October, 2004 (extended into 2005)


  • Offer winner of Washington State Teacher of the Year Award an international exchange scholarship to expand their international experience
  • Coordinate efforts on publicity with Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Status as of:  1/21/2005 | 11/12/2004 | 9/3/2004 | 5/10/2004 | 4/12/2004

Status as of 1/21/2005

  • Members of the Coalition presented a $1500 "International Education Scholarship" to the 2005 Teacher of the Year, Tamara Steen, at the annual OSPI Conference in Seattle on January 19, 2005. Superintendent Terry Bergeson made the presentation at her morning keynote, reading the certificate to the 4000 educators present:

    In recognition of your teaching excellence and commitment to preparing all students for today's interconnected world, we are pleased to present you this special "International Education Scholarship" for $1500, funded by a grant to Washington State from the Asia Society and Longview Foundation. The scholarship is intended to help you create meaningful global connections for yourself and your students. Congratulations!

    Photo of Teacher of the Year Tamara Steen with Coalition members at OSPI Conference










Michele Anciaux Aoki, Kristi Rennebohm Franz, Tamara Steen, Caleb Perkins

Status as of 11/12/2004

  • The 2005 Teacher of the Year was named on October 28, 2004 by Supt. Terry Bergeson. Tamara Steen is an arts and English teacher at Mabton Junior/Senior High School, located in eastern Washington. After spending her first year in education as an exchange teacher in Australia, Steen has spent the last 21 years teaching in this tiny town with less than 2,000 residents.

Status as of 9/3/2004

  • Lili has sent out a letter to the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce encouraging them to support sending the Teacher of the Year on the annual Greater Seattle International Study Mission. This is an opportunity for the region’s business community to give visibility to the importance of international perspectives in education that are crucial for our region’s future in the global economy. Read the letter (PDF).

Status as of 5/10/2004

  • We're exploring funding for the International Exchange Scholarship.
  • Asia Society has confirmed that we can use funds from the State Innovations grant, if necessary.

Status as of 4/12/2004

  • State Team members Lili Hein and Carolyn Tolas have made initial contacts with the State Teacher of the Year program. For more information, contact Lili Hein, Program Coordinator of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

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