Pasco teacher up for Teacher of the Year award

A Pasco middle school teacher is one of nine up for Washington state’s Teacher of the Year award to be announced Sept. 21.

Omar Escalera of McLoughlin Middle School is this year’s finalist from Educational Service District 123. A Sunnyside High School teacher, Joyce Stark, is up for the award as the finalist for ESD 105.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn is scheduled to announce this year’s winner during a ceremony in Seattle.