Congratulations Washington State's Teacher of the Year: Lyon Terry of Lawton Elementary!
Lyon Terry, a 4th grade teacher at Lawton Elementary,
was today named Washington State's Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by State Superintendent Randy Dorn at a celebration at EMP that included Terry and eight fellow regional award winners.
“What makes Lyon and all the 2015 Teachers of the Year stand out is that
they see the big picture of education,” Superintendent Dorn said. “They understand that great teachers and schools teach to the heads, hands
and hearts of their students. Students must meet academic standards. But
they also need to learn how to make things, serve their community,
persevere through difficulty and treat others with kindness. Our
Teachers of the Year understand that. And it’s why we lift them up as
examples for all.
Lyon, who has taught at Lawton since 2005, is a
National Board Certified Teacher. The Superintendent's Office described
him as a teacher who focuses on creating confident, hard-working and
compassionate learners. Lyon said he wants his students to learn how to
be both kind and smart. Lyon believes that community connections
strengthen student learning. He fully immerses himself in the community
through scouts, sport programs and various non-profits. These
connections enrich his classroom with guest presenters and neighborhood
When he noticed many of Lawton’s students were riding
to school in cars instead of walking, Lyon recruited older students to
serve as crossing guards and bus greeters, and organized Seattle’s first
walking school bus program.
Lyon has served in numerous leadership roles in his
school and district, most often in the areas of writing and literacy,
and also as a union representative. He has worked to integrate elements
of Writer’s Workshop into Lawton and currently sits on a district
committee focused on aligning reading and writing with the Common Core.
During his time a Lawton, 4th-grade writing proficiency rates on the
state Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) test have risen over 10
Lyon believes teachers are agents of social change
because they shape young learners into thoughtful citizens. He knows
just the right way to engage students in this learning. “Mr. Terry
connects with children, holds them to a high standard of behavior and
work ethic, and offers support for them to be successful,” said Former
Lawton Principal Neil Gerrans. “His spot-on timing, knowing when to
question and probe and when to slow down seems instinctive, but it is
honed by his reflective practice.”
Lyon and the eight other Regional Teachers of the
Year each received donated cash awards, technology prizes and
scholarships for classroom improvements.
Watch Lyon's students sing their congratulations to him in the video below.