Russ Brown

2006 Past President

The Teacher of the Year program started in the early 2000’s when Russ Brown was tasked to create an opportunity to honor our Royalty’s mentors.  Russ, being a long time educator himself, wanted to create a program to spotlight those teachers going the extra mile to ensure bright futures for their students.

Each member of the Royal Court selects a teacher from their High School that has most influenced them throughout the past four years.  The ladies must write and submit an essay that demonstrates the reasons for their nomination.  All Teacher of the Year recipients are presented a plaque and certificate at their school along side the Festival’s President, a representative of our sponsor, Royalty and Mr. Brown.

The teachers are then honored at one of our spring luncheons and invited to ride as a VIP in our annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade.

The Lilac Festival is committed to the continued education of our Royalty Court and celebrate those who helped shape into the young women they have and will become.

We are honored and want to thank our 2020 sponsor of our Teacher of they Year program, BMW of Spokane.  Thank you for your commitment to our regions youth and those that influence their success!

2020 Teachers of the Year

  • Shannon Root – Cheney High School

  • Scott Moore – Freeman High School

  • Jennifer Christopher – Gonzaga Preparatory School

  • Eric Woodard – Lewis & Clark High School

  • Chris Wells – Northwest Christian School

  • Thomas Rye – Ferris High School

  • Dave Whitehead – Mt. Spokane High School