Theresa Holland-Schmid selected as 2016 Regional Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Theresa Holland-Schmid! 

Theresa Holland-Schmid, an English and History teacher at Kingston High School, has been named the 2016 Regional Teacher of theYear for the Olympic Education Service District.  Holland-Schmid was one of nine teachers in the state selected as finalists for the Washington State Teacher of the Year.  The finalists were recognized at a ceremony yesterday the EMP Museum in Seattle.


“We are extremely proud of Theresa,” said Superintendent Patty Page.  “Her compassion for her students and their learning is apparent in many ways, but specifically in this nomination.  She is representing North Kitsap’s amazing staff well.”

Kingston High School principal Christy Cole noted that Theresa cares deeply for her students and their success. "She puts a premium on building relationships and developing a positive, caring learning environment.  We are very proud that she is representing KHS as Regional Teacher of the Year!"

Holland-Schmid has worked in education for over 20 years, and has taught at both the Spectrum Alternative Program, and Kingston High School.  She has been known for both her high standards and her flexibility in how students meet standards.  Students are greeted at the door to her classroom with a famous quote from Socrates: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”  This quote sets the tone for an exciting journey for her students through history and culture.

“Students at Kingston High School hold her in the highest regard for her compassion towards others, progressive teaching philosophy, and inherent love of education,” says former student Danielle Fox.  “She can always be counted on to provide a smile and warm welcome as you enter her classroom.  Her constant upbeat energy and respect for her students makes learning infectious; something that shows in her adaptability and responsiveness to students as individuals.  Mrs. Holland goes above and beyond expectations when it comes to curriculum standards and more importantly, connecting with her students.”

OESD Superintendent Greg Lynch and the North Kitsap School Board honored Theresa Holland-Schmid at the NKSD School Board Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Click here to meet the finalists and the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year. 
Read about the selection process and what the regional and state teachers of the year do here
View the application rubric here
Teachers of the year  

Photographed from left to right:
Omar Escalera (Pasco School District), Michael Werner (Granite Falls School District), Ashley Leneway (Lake Chelan School District), Holland-Schmid, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling – State Teacher of the Year (Tacoma School District), Maegan Skoubo (Raymond School District), Bethany Rivard (Vancouver School District), Alecia McAdams-Sing (Nine Mile Falls School District), Joyce Stark (Sunnyside School District).
School Board  

Photographed from left to right:
Savannah Wallwork (NKHS Student Rep), Scott Henden, Bruce Christen, Sorana Nance (KHS Student Rep), Beth Worthington, Theresa Holland-Schmidt, Patty Page, Greg Lynch (OESD Supt.), Cindy Webster-Martinson, Bill Webb, Christy Cole (KHS Principal)