Sunnyside teacher honored as 'Regional Teacher of the Year'

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- The Math coach at Harrison Middle School was named the ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year.

Josh Schlegel helped turn Harrison's Math scores around starting in 2009.

The school was ranked in the Washington Achievement Index's bottom 14-percent. Then leaped into the top four percent in two years.

Schlegel is happy to see he's made a difference.

"This award really means to me that the work we're doing in Sunnyside is really being impactful, really making a difference that people are noticing that the work we're doing in Sunnyside is worthwhile," Schlegel said.

Schlegel was selected by several school board members across Yakima County.