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 SEATTLE, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Yvonne Ullas, a teacher at Naches Valley Primary School in Yakima, 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. Ullas' selection caps a three month search for teachers in Washington who truly fulfill the program's theme, "Reaching Beyond Classroom Walls."
 As Washington's outstanding teacher, Ullas received a $15,000 award to be used for professional development. She received her award during a special presentation by Dennis Okamoto, vice president for U S WEST.
 "Yvonne Ullas' dedication to teaching is a perfect example of why we began the U S WEST Education Initiative several years ago, and why we remain so committed to it today," said Okamoto during the presentation. "She is not talking about improving education, she is taking action and doing it."
 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.
 Ullas is a first grade classroom teacher integrated with special needs students. She has been very successful in addressing the needs of special education students and how to involve them in the curriculum. Ullas is truly making a difference with her students, in particular, in developing a very positive future for special needs children. She has taught at Naches Primary School since 1986.
 Karen Craig, her principal at Naches Primary School has this to say about Ullas: "Reaching beyond classroom walls comes naturally to Yvonne. She readily shares innovative curriculum designed to help all students become successful. Yvonne's teaching style immerses children in the learning process. From the moment a child enters her room until each leaves, she is teaching -- creating an accepting environment which promotes student curiosity and celebrates the sharing of knowledge and skills so student growth is maximized."
 Ullas attended Yakima Valley College, received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Central Washington University in 1981 and has continued her education at Central and Antioch Universities.
 Judith Cherin, a teacher at Fairmount Elementary School in Everett, Rhonda Colbert, a teacher at Tonasket High School in Tonasket 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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