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January 15, 2021

Meet Our 2021 Crystal Apple Award Winner

Katrina Kutschkau, math teacher at Kamiakin High School, is the Kennewick School District's 2021 Crystal Apple Award winner!

Watch as Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent, surprises Kutschkau with the news during a Zoom video chat.

Kutschkau has taught math at Kamiakin since 1997, and she's known there as an instructional leader who's deeply committed to her students.

She was instrumental in helping develop Kamiakin's academic coaching model that's led to greater student achievement, and she's involved in other engagement efforts, including the popular Welcome Wagon initiative. (During non-pandemic times, all incoming freshmen get a visit from Kamiakin staff to welcome them to the Brave family.)

Kutschkau also volunteers with teen-centered organizations outside of school hours, including Tri-Cities Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.

"Mrs. Kutschkau is one of the most caring teachers you will ever meet. She puts her caring into action, striving to make every student feel valued, connected, special and able to succeed in school," a fellow teacher says. "She inspires us, her colleagues, to really know and accept our students."

Educational Service District 123 will release a video tribute to Kutschkau and the other Crystal Apple winners from the region on March 11. Kutschkau is now in the running for state Teacher of the Year.