He just keeps going and going...
Regional Teacher of the Year reminiscent of the Energizer Bunny®
Rich Newell, 2012 Regional Teacher of the Year Rich Newell just doesn't stop. His enthusiasm for teaching has earned him deep respect and admiration from students and colleagues. Lately, it's also been earning him some awards.

In May, Rich was named Teacher of the Year for CKSD. On September 6, 2012, the Olympic Educational Service District named him Regional Teacher of the Year. (The area covers 15 school districts in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties.)

Rich is a longtime Spanish teacher at CKHS, where Principal Steve Coons is not at all surprised by this latest honor.

"Rich Newell is an engaging and masterful teacher who is able to get the best out of students learning a second language," said Steve. "Through his wit, intellect, and bi-cultural experiences, he is able to bring the experiences of another language and culture alive for his students. Rich has truly earned the status of being a teacher of the year."

Rich has been with CKSD for the past 25 years. He's also served as the chair for the world language department for 21 years.  

Students love Rich's ability to make learning fun. His approach involves humor, sharing lessons from personal experience, and building relationships.

"Rich's wisdom and passion for teaching are an inspiration," said Superintendent Greg Lynch. "We're so proud he's part of our district."

What's next for Rich Newell? He's now eligible for entry into the State Teacher of the Year competition. Those results will be announced later this fall. Buena suerte, Señor Newell!


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Rich Newell
2011-12 CKSD Teacher of the Year
2012 OESD Regional Teacher of the Year