The North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has selected Jacqueline Hentges as the 2021 regional Teacher of the Year.
Hentges is a Science teacher at Brewster Middle School, where she has served for 25 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Whitworth College, along with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Physical Education.
“I believe the more invested and genuine we are with our students the more invested they become in their education. They need to know we care about their favorite color and their future. I am fortunate to be from a family of great teachers, strong women who exude their love of teaching. My grandmother was highly regarded in the classroom and as a reading specialist and my mother is the biggest influence on my teaching,” she explained.
Hentges is the 2021 selection from throughout the four-county NCESD service district.
All nine Washington State ESDs select a regional Teacher of the Year, who go on to compete for state honors. The State winner serves as a spokesperson and representative of teachers at the local, state and national levels. Camille Jones, a teacher from the Quincy School District was selected as the 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year.