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March 2, 2017

Chinook Middle School teacher receives Crystal Apple Award

Congratulations to Chinook Middle School’s Betti Gregg, who was recognized as one of the Mid-Columbia’s most outstanding educators at the annual Crystal Apple Awards on March 9.

Gregg, who has taught in the district since 1999, is the sole Kennewick School District educator to receive the award this year. Her commitment to engaging students in the classroom and dedication to improving the craft of teaching, both in herself and her colleagues, sets her apart as a master teacher.

“She is a shining example of who a teacher should be,” says Assistant Superintendent Ron Williamson. “She is an inspiration and demonstrates how even those who believe they have plenty of room to grow can help others grow as well.”

Gregg started her career as an English Language Arts teacher at Southridge High School. Her mentoring other teachers and focus on constant self-improvement led to her nomination and four-year appointment as mentor teacher with the district’s Peer Assistance and Resources (PAR) program in 2012.

She returned to the classroom this school year at Chinook, where she teaches eighth-grade English Language Arts. She is known for welcoming her students with a smile and a handshake before they even enter her classroom each day. Her lessons in literature and writing inspire her students’ learning and empower them to think critically.

This year’s Crystal Apple Awards recognized educators from nine school districts. Gregg received $1,000 along with the Crystal Apple trophy and other prizes. She will also be placed into consideration for Washington Teacher of the Year.