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TONASKET TEACHER HONORED BY U S WEST

 SEATTLE, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rhonda Colbert, a teacher at Tonasket High School in Tonasket, Wash., has been honored for her superior teaching as part of the U S WEST Outstanding Teacher Program for Washington state, U S WEST announced today. Colbert's selection caps a three month search for teachers in Washington who truly fulfill the program's theme, "Reaching Beyond Classroom Walls."
 As one of Washington's outstanding teachers, Colbert received a $1,000 award to be used for professional development. She received her award in a special presentation on June 1 in Seattle. At the same presentation, Yvonne Ullas, a teacher from Naches Primary School in Yakima, was named Outstanding Teacher from Washington and received a $15,000 award.
 The U S WEST Outstanding Teacher Program is part of a $20 million U S WEST Education Initiative, a project developed to recognize excellence in education and to support programs and projects that have potential for improving the educational environments in the 14-state region served by U S WEST.
 Colbert has taught Home and Family Life at Tonasket High School since 1971. A student who nominated her for the awards, has this to say about Colbert: "Throughout my high school career, Mrs. Colbert has made a significant difference in my life and the lives of my fellow students. I definitely believe that because of her motivation and belief in her students we are ready to go on and will be more successful in life than others, because she has made sure that we are prepared."
 Colbert received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Home Economics and Masters Degree in Education from Central Washington University.
 Judith Cherin, a teacher at Fairmount Elementary School in Everett, and Jim Hasz, a teacher at Pine Tree Elementary School in Kent were also honored by U S WEST for their outstanding work and each received $1,000 awards.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Dion of U S WEST, 509-575-7066/


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