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Edmonds School District honor educators


Last updated 5/20/2021 at 10:06am


Every month, a group of schools select a staff member as Educator of the Month. The Rotary then holds an awards ceremony to present awardees with a certificate and gift certificate.

The following school staff were honored in April as Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace Educators of the Month:

Westgate Elementary School: Carrie Hamilton-Engbert, Elizabeth Nogales, Mary Gilman and Tamera McKenzie, kindergarten teachers.

"They have worked so hard this year," principal Mary Freitas said. "They've taught our youngest students first remotely and then back in person. They deserve recognition for teaching students that have never been to school how to read on Zoom. Lastly, the Kindergarten program at Westgate is being moved next year so the teachers are anticipating a move and planning that."

Scriber Lake High School: Karl Stern, Intensive Lifeskills program teacher

Stern has been working closely with students all-day, four days a week since Jan. 19, said principal Andrea Hillman.

"Karl started working at Scriber three years ago, when this program began here," she said. "Karl has built a vibrant program for Intensive LifeSkills students, who are 14 to 21 years old and who are the most impacted by their disabilities of all students in the Edmonds School District. Karl's students are elated to come to school.

"For example, he has a student who gets up and ready to come to school every day, even going out to the bus stop, on non-school days because he loves school so much. Karl's program provides academic support, instruction in functional life skills, vocational support, and is rounded out by the love and support the students receive as they develop their social and recreational skills, all in place to ensure that, when they leave our loving arms, they are set up for a fulfilling life."

Maplewood Parent Cooperative: Amy Garber, middle school intensive learning support teacher

"Ms. Garber is a fierce advocate (I say this with the deepest respect) for students who are differently-abled and possesses the compassion, leadership and skills to promote their academic growth and overall well-being," said Principal Michelle Mathis.

"She leads a team of capable and caring paraeducators. Together they have navigated numerous challenges this year to create a classroom environment that best meets the needs of her students."

Madrona K-8: Melody Cleveland, paraeducator

"Melody is a highly skilled paraeducator who is an invaluable member of our Madrona community," said Principal Kathleen Hodges.

"She supports our educational program in a number of ways. In addition to providing all on-site EL services for English Language learners, she leads small groups, assists in classrooms, and is an integral team member in providing student supervision."


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