WASHINGTON D.C. - Washington State Year of the Year Tamara Steen of Mabton is on her way home after ending her exciting ride to compete for the National Teacher of the Year selection held in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
While Steen, one of four finalists for the national education accolades, lost out to a math teacher from Washington D.C., her fellow Mabton teachers are happy and proud of her.
"We can't wait for her to get home," said Mabton High School Assistant Principal Denny Brown. Brown said as of this morning (Thursday) the staff hadn't heard from Steen. "But we are expecting her to be in her classroom on Monday morning," Brown added.
"We're excited and thrilled for Tamara," said Mabton School District Superintendent Dr. Sandra Pasiero-Davis.
Pasiero-Davis said even Steen's students are anxious to have her back in the classroom.
"We are, of course, a little melancholy that she is not the national winner, but she is still the Washington Teacher of the Year and that is an extraordinary thing in itself," said Pasiero-Davis.
Steen will continue to travel throughout Washington as the state educator of the year through December, Pasiero-Davis added.
"I'm sure Tamara is overwhelmed in her relief to be headed back to her classroom. After all, that is what she is all about," she added.