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    Seattle Public Schools Recognizes Outstanding Teachers and Staff
    Posted on 03/07/2016
    Teachers, staff and the board pose for a photo

    Recognizing outstanding teachers and staff of Seattle Public Schools

    Seattle Public Schools congratulates our great teachers and staff who were recently recognized by Superintendent Larry Nyland and the Seattle School Board for their outstanding work in the district between October and January of the 2015-16 school year.

    Lori Dunn Named the SHAPE Channing Mann Outstanding Physical Education Administrator of the Year, January 2016

    Seattle Public Schools’ Physical Education and Health Literacy Program Manager, has been honored with SHAPE America’s top award for Physical Education administrators. The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, announced that Dunn is the Channing Mann Outstanding Physical Education Administrator of the Year.

    Dedy Fauntleroy Invited to give feedback to the US Dept. of Education on ESSA, January 2016

    Principal at John Stanford International School, was one of a few principals nationally, to be invited to give feedback to the U.S. Department of Education on the new ESSA (Every Child Succeeds).

    Helen Joung American Association of School Administrators Scholarship Award, January 2016

    Helen was invited to the 2016 AASA National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Arizona in February. This achievement acknowledges her as someone who provides exemplary leadership on behalf of students in public education. She also received a scholarship in the amount of $2,500

    Mia Williams Invited to White House, January 2016

    Aki Kurose Middle School Principal, Mia Williams, took part in a panel discussion at the White House in Washington D.C. Williams was invited by the Johns Hopkins University's Everyone Graduates Center to share her experience and expertise using early warning systems, student success mentors, and enhanced student support systems to reduce chronic absenteeism.

    Johns Hopkins University is also recognizing Williams for her dedicated and powerful leadership she provides for, not only Aki Kurose, but schools across the district.

    Marcia Ventura 2015 Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment and Community, November 2015

    Christine Benita 2015 Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment and Community, November 2015

    The Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community is given by the Seattle Foundation to three teachers annually “to reward teachers who embody the spirit of Patsy Collins: educators who create learning experiences that make a difference for kids, their communities, and the earth.”

    Christine Benita has been an educator and program coordinator at Hazel Wolf since the school’s inception six years ago. The focus of her work is designing integrated Project Based Learning units for grades K-8 that teach environmental awareness and sustainability.

    At Maple Elementary School, Marcia Ventura strives to connect her fifth-grade students to their community and environment. Since the Duwamish River runs right through the neighborhood in which her students live and play, she developed a comprehensive teaching plan around the interaction between humans and the environment.

    Kaaren Andrews Recipient of Crosscut's 2015 Courage Award for Public Service, October 2015

    Kaaren Andrews is the recipient of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Award for Public Service. She was honored at Benaroya Hall at the annual Courage Awards Breakfast on October 29th.

    Kaaren and the Interagency Staff have been addressing retaliatory violence and grieving over the tragic loss of 11 lives over the past year.

    Jennifer Heller named Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Washington Art Education Association in October 2015

    Jennifer Lundgren named Elementary School Art Educator of the Year by the Washington Art Education Association in October 2015

    Jennifer Heller has been named Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Washington Art Education Association.

    Jennifer Lundgren is WAEA’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Heller and Lundgren are among five award recipients, statewide who were honored at the WAEA Fall Conference in Leavenworth on Oct. 24.

    Sandra Scott Hawthorne Elementary School receives Johns Hopkins University National Network of Partnership Schools Award, October 2015

    Hawthorne Elementary School has been chosen to receive the prestigious Johns Hopkins University National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Award. This is the first time any individual school in Seattle has won the award. Every year NNPS recognizes districts and schools that demonstrate excellence and continuous progress in applying research-based approaches to implement goal-oriented programs of school, family, and community partnerships.