Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Laurelhurs​t Elementary Teacher Honored at Qwest Field Celebration

Diana, from Symetra Financial, sent us the good news that Bryce Anderson, a third grade teacher at Laurelhurst Elementary School, was honored as one of the 24 "Symetra Heroes in the Classroom" on May 13th at a special celebration at Qwest Field.

Symetra Financial and Seattle Seahawks honored 24 Puget Sound-area-teachers, including 10 Seattle Public School teachers, who were recognized for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during the 2010 NFL season.

A special luncheon was held in the Seahwawks Stadium Coach’s Loft for the teachers, along with their respective school principals and special guests, including Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield, Shoreline Public Schools Superintendent Sue Walker and Alliance for Education Development Officer Kevin Boyce.

Seahawks Running Backs Coach Sherman Smith, and a  former Redmond Junior High School teacher, was the special guest speaker and talked about the "profound impact teachers have on children’s lives,"Diana told us.

Coach Smith said to the teachers: “I want to congratulate all of you because I really understand what you do, and you guys are difference-makers.  You have all the qualities we look for in our players. You’re focused. You’re passionate. You’re dedicated. You’re responsible. You’re dependable. You’re accountable. You’re convicted about what you do.”

After the lunch, the honored teachers received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. The celebration wrapped up in the Seahawks locker room, where each teacher was surprised with a “customized” locker complete with their nameplate. 

In each teacher’s locker was a plaque commemorating their “Heroes” award and a copy of the May 13th edition of the Seattle Times, which featured a salute  to all 24 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipients.

In addition, the teachers received tickets to a Seahawks home game and were acknowledged during an on-field presentation at Qwest Field.

The twenty-four  Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers were also recognized in front of their students and peers at in-school assemblies and presentations.

Diana told us that teachers are nominated by their principal, district staff, student or student’s parent. The winners are selected based on "their ability to balance the core curriculum with students’ individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students’ long-term success."

Last year's winner at Laurelhurst Elementary was again 3rd Grade Teacher, Mr. Anderson, and th year before was 5th grade teacher, Mr. Howard. 

Bryce Anderson (front row in the orange shirt) and the other award recipients

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