Educator of the Month

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You Brightened our Day!

Educator of the Month Winner, Malysa Johnson is a Life Skills Teacher at Lake Stevens High School. Her class sent us this wonderful painting along with an update we would like to share.

Thank you!

Dear Mr. Merrill,

I just wanted to thank you again for the Educator award from last year. I want you to know that the money went towards art supplies, classroom decorations and a REALLY FUN Community Guest!

I attached some pictures to the back of our gift for you!

I hope you are well and you are doing great things :-)

Sincerely,

Malysa Johnson

Lake Stevens High School

You are Welcome!

Thank you for the photos. They shared with us the complete delight and excitement of the children as they enjoyed a visit from the Reptile Man. The photos shared a thousand words of thanks.

We are pleased to assist in education for Snohomish County Youth. We appreciate the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a teacher.

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If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, their countless hours in the classroom spent going above and beyond, dedication to their students educational growth, please take a moment to let Rick Merrill know…
 
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Educator of the Month Sheena York

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the April Educator of the Month Winner…

Sheena York of Marshall Elementary School in the Marysville School District.

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Sheena is a mother of two young children, teaches 2nd grade. She recently completed her Masters in Science for Curriculum and Instruction, all while conducting a happy,healthy and exciting classroom. She will go the extra mile with her time and own expense to make sure her kids have the needed tools to succeed.

Ms. York is one of the most dedicated and caring teachers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She goes above and beyond for every student. She goes out of her way to not only know what each student needs but what she could be doing to better their education and experience.

She researched different chairs styles to accommodate the various learning styles children need.

Sheena has worked since she was 15 yrs old. Supported two kids while attending school. She has tutored college students on her own time. Always has time to help a friend. Never forgets birthdays or special occasions even if your not a immediate family member. Also has obtained her master's while raising her babies, purchasing a home and working.

Sheena is a compassionate and loving teacher. Her choices to teach the underprivileged youth have come as a cost to her own but she does not let that impede her desire to help offer support to those that need it most. This teacher is always there to greet you with a smile and her positive outlook is infectious.

Sheena demonstrates to students how to treat others fairly and is a friend to all. I admire her work and ethics in teaching students strong morals and how to make learning fun and interesting.

Sheena is a very dedicated teacher that loves her students and is always willing to put forth extra including out of her own pocket for the success of her students.

Sheena is very inspiring not only to her students but also other teachers. She strives to create an innovative classroom and learning environment. She is constantly searching for new ways to obtain the utmost in educating.

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Educator of the Month Stacey Wartenbee

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the March Educator of the Month Winner…

Stacey Wartenbee of Everett School District.

Please Enjoy the Nomination by Rachel.

Mrs. Wartenbee teaches 2nd grade at Lowell Elementary in Everett and has done so for the past 10 years. Mrs. Wartenbee was my daughter's first grade and second grade teacher. Now she is the 2nd grade teacher for my son.

Mrs. Wartenbee is kind, caring, dedicated, and supportive of all children in her classroom. She is always looking for resources for the kids, offering to give them classroom supplies, raised funds to purchase each child in the class a new book every month, reached out for a grant to get updated equipment for her students, and routinely reaches out to parents to check in and ensure kids needs are met at home as well. Mrs. Wartenbee maintains good contact with parents and provides updates daily of the children.

This year she has a Russian speaking student. She continually engages with him using her phone translator services. That child has made progress in his spoken English that I think is mostly impacted by her patience, kindness, and dedication to that child.

Mrs. Wartenbee volunteers at each school event, helps coordinate the yearly play, and is involved in the PTA. She is always positive and takes on these tasks with grace. I certainly feel she is an incredible human being with a heart of gold. She is well deserving of educator of the month.

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Educator of the Month Leslie Waldorf

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the February Educator of the Month Winner…

Leslie Waldorf of Lake Stevens School District.

Please Enjoy the Nomination by Brianna.

She is an incredible teacher that not only makes instructional decisions to support and include each student, but she creates genuine relationships that build classroom community and resiliency in students. To this day she remains in contact with previous students giving them advice or even contributing to their college tuition.

This year has been incredibly challenging for her due to the loss of a student over the winter break. Not knowing what to do in this situation, she has gone above and beyond to ensure that her students are heard and get enough support to navigate this traumatic experience. Not only is she helping her students, but she continues to keep in touch with the family; even creating a memento book with letters from the students.

She is genuine, giving, and most of all, creates lifelong relationships with her students that positively impact them even after they exit her class. .

Nominate Today…

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Educator of the Month Liz Panagos

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the January Educator of the Month Winner…

Liz Panagos of Granite Falls School District.

Please Enjoy the Nomination by Aaron.

Open Doors Program has been a solid place for Snohomish counties homeless, and unengaged youth. Liz and the rest of the staff with the help of the community help to shape and give second chances of success to students that we're failed by traditional education systems, or had issues of homelessness, young parents, or abuse.

Every Monday they have pancakes and play games, while they do their homework. This reminds them about simple happiness and the fulfilled sense of accomplishment for completing educational goals.

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Educator of the Month Heather Chadwick

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the December Educator of the Month Winner…
Heather Chadwick of the Snohomish County Fire District 7

Please Enjoy the Nomination by Gary Meeks:

Heather is a dedicated educator who transitioned from public schools to our fire district. She is committed to quality fire safety, injury and falls prevention for all ages from pre-school to the elderly.

She is also the public information officer for our district. Her endless energy and tireless work habits ensure the citizens of District 7 and all of the school age students are informed to keep themselves safe. She is always developing new and creative ways to present the best messages.

Our District is lucky to have her working with our citizens and she should be recognized for all she does.

A Note from Heather…

I wanted to say thank you again for the special honor of being the Educator of the Month. I also wanted to let you know that with the generous donation I am able to purchase additional CPR mannequins for our CPR and First Aid program. Every year we certify around 350 people in CPR! Fire District 7 is committed to educating our communities through our fire and life safety programs so they can partner with us in creating a safer community. Through our CPR and First Aid classes people learn life saving techniques that helps us create a stronger Chain of Survival.

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Educator of the Month William Stuflick

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the November Educator of the Month Winner…
William Stuflick, of the Everett Community College.

Please Enjoy this Nomination by Lyla H…

William and I met in June, 2018 while I was trying to network and find meaningful post-secondary opportunities for my high school students at Lake Stevens High School. I am a life skills teacher at Lake Stevens and had the opportunity to teach a work experience class to seniors during the 2018-2019 school year.

Although I was very excited, I had no budget or any real curriculum to hit the ground running. I wanted to make a difference, but didn’t know how. So as soon as summer started, I started looking to my community for help. I spent a lot of my summer meeting with people in Snohomish County to try and build partnerships that I could extend into my classroom.

One of these meetings was with William Stuflick at Everett Community College. William is a Dean there and spent time meeting with me so I could learn about, not only opportunities with Everett Community College, but opportunities outside of college as well. Many of my students are credit deficient and do not have college as an immediate goal in their future.

William took the time to listen to every unique story I told him about my students and gave me a chance to brainstorm ideas for gaps I was hoping to fill. Even though I had no specific requests, it was nice to have a partner in the community help me help these students. William and I met multiple times during the Summer and came up with a plan to support the kids once the school year officially started.

I had a tentative plan to have William come visit our classroom once a month, and was worried even that would be too much since he would be leaving EVCC to come see us at LSHS. Due to limited transportation funding, William was more than happy to come to us which made us even more excited since students would not miss extra class travelling. Not only did William want to come out once a month to our classroom, but he requested to come out every two weeks.

Every visit, he brings an engaging, hands-on lesson that captivates the students and makes them WANT to learn. They are drawn to his personality, his history, and the stories he has to tell so that they can learn from his past mistakes.

William has spent countless dollars bringing in supplies to make learning hands-on for my students. He has made fun lessons like replicating metal sheet work cutting and fluffy slime to mimic pouring a cast in the nursing field. He has even bought them all Wendy’s as well!

The kids have learned core academic concepts, but I am blown away with the social skills that they are learning. These key soft skills like communication, self-advocacy, flexibility and much more are authentic learning opportunities that William integrates into all of his lessons. I am simply grateful to be even in the same classroom with him when he teaches.

William is kind, he is genuine, and he wants to make a difference in people's lives. He has devoted a lot of time outside of his own work and personal life to come and support students who society will let fall through the cracks if someone doesn't help them. I know this award would mean a lot to him, and hopefully be a small gesture from me to show him how much he means to us at Lake Stevens.

Note from William…

 I wanted to send you another thank you for the award. I sincerely appreciate Mr. Merrill's generosity in recognizing our efforts with the Lake Stevens kids. Each student in now on pace to graduate this year; with one student graduating in the winter semester.  

The funds awarded have been donated to the EvCC Center for Disability Services to help provide direct support to students with disabilities. These funds will go a long way to assisting students with achieving their academic goals! Once again thank you all so much for the award and the funding to assist our students of promise. 

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Educator of the Month Matthew Johnson

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque from Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the October Educator of the Month Winner…
Matthew Johnson, of Forest View Elementary in the Everett School District.

Please Enjoy this Nomination by Liana…

I think my teacher, Mr. Johnson, should be Teacher of the Month because he really "gets" us 5th graders.

He tells us that people may think we can't do things because we're only 10, but he thinks we can do great things! Also, he allows us to work with our community.

At the moment we are building a school garden. We are using our math skills and growth mindsets to determine how to lay out the garden, how much soil and how many seeds we need, and what grows during this season.

He has even helped our class to write a grant to the Mill Creek Garden Society to help fund our gardening project!

Mr. Johnson allows us to do "Passion Projects" where we come up with an idea that we are passionate about that will help our community or spark an interest of something we love.

Not only is Mr. Johnson a really great teacher, but even better - he is really funny and puts a smile on our faces everyday. Mr. Johnson makes learning exciting and inspiring! I would love to see my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Johnson, be honored as your Educator of the Month!

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Educator of the Month Jeremy Carter

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque from Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the September Educator of the Month Winner…
Jeremy Carter, of Totem Falls Elementary in the Snohomish School District.

Please Enjoy this Nomination…

He is the Elementary PE teacher at Totem Falls, Safety Patrol Leader and until this year a Student Council Adviser as well. He recently completed his Masters Degree last summer and is very proud of this accomplishment while working full time.

He goes out of his way to connect with his students so they 'know him' and prides himself on the fact that former students return to their elementary school to simply stop by and say "HI" to Mr. Carter.

His break or planning period generally falls during lunch time which is held in the gym aka his classroom, it is not rare that you will instead find him sitting with the special education students. He makes sure that other see him sitting there to set the example of building the relationships with ALL students and encourages other kids to join him.

He encourages kids to build each other up and to always look out for each other. When he sees a kid sitting by themselves, he makes sure to sit with them thus encouraging the other kids to maybe join and get to know the 'lone' student.

He' is going into his 7th year at Totem Falls Elementary. He has been the only male teacher staff during that time,. The relevance of that is nothing when it comes to teaching BUT when it comes to students makes him more or less the "popular" teacher.

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June Educator of the Month- Malysa Johnson

Rick Merrill is Honoring Amazing Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the June Educator of the Month Winner…
Malysa Johnson, Life Skills Teacher at Lake Stevens High School

A Special Thank You to Liz, Jen and Natalie for this Nomination…

Malysa started working in our Life Skills class last September. In this short amount of time she has made a huge difference in the lives of our students and their families. She has been very proactive and successful at providing these students and their families with tools and resources they were unaware of, but so desperately needed. She spends her own money on extra classroom supplies, food, personal hygiene items etc. She also pushed for additional Para educator support in the room, which has proven to have made a very positive impact.

These students have flourished since she joined our room. Her calm, caring and positive demeanor helps the students feel safe, happy and comfortable so they can learn, grow and enjoy their days at school.

Malysa is an asset to the Lake Stevens School District and we feel grateful that she joined our team and is making such a positive difference in the lives of kids who live with such profound disabilities.

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If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, their countless hours in the classroom spent going above and beyond, dedication to their students educational growth, please take a moment to let Rick Merrill know…
 
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Educator of the Month Diane Meyer

Rick Merrill is Honoring Amazing Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the  Educator of the Month Winner…
Diane Meyer of the Lakewood Middle School.

A Special Thank You To Katelynn C. For This Nomination…

The teacher I would like to nominate is Mrs. Diane Meyer, she teaches Algebra and Geometry, along with being a volleyball coach at Lakewood Middle School in Arlington for 19 years, she is wonderful, kind and supportive.

She is always available for advice or help which encourages us to try harder to be successful. Her favorite song to play before a test is “Eye of the Tiger” being that math is important for many aspects in life, she teaches the daily lessons with a style that we are able to understand the formulas to solve the problems, and to achieve well on the tests with high scores.

When I first entered her class I was nervous if I would be able to continue reaching my math competency, but thanks to Mrs. Meyer I have been successful on maintaining my academic grade of an A in this class.

I would appreciate your consideration for Mrs. Meyer as a recipient of your teacher of the month. I know this would bring great joy to her to know her gift of teaching has inspiring us to always focus on success and to” rise to the challenge”.

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Educator of the Month Nick Brown

Rick Merrill is Honoring Amazing Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the Educator of the Month Winner…

Nick Brown of Arlington School District.

A Special Thank You To Caryn. For This Nomination…

I nominate Nick Brown, an English teacher and Basketball coach at Arlington High School for 22 years.  I would like to recognize Nick for being a humble person.  He demonstrates to others qualities of compassion, determination, and gratitude.

Mr. Brown has made an impact in the lives of 3,000+ kids who have been in his class over the years. Nick has helped many young men in the basketball program learn fundamentals of basketball and how to be a better person. 

For the past 8 years Nick and the Arlington High School have hosted a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game to allow our community to come together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This has been an emotional event as it becomes evident to all attendees how cancer affects loved ones. 

Over the years Nick has become a mentor and counselor to many whose lives have been touched by a cancer diagnosis. He has been able to motivate others through his community service, teaching, and coaching. I am grateful for his continued efforts to inspire students to improve everyday.

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December Educator of the Month

Rick Merrill is Honoring Amazing Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the December 2017 Educator of the Month Winner…
Aminda Gonzales of Sky Valley Education Center in the Monroe School District.

A Special Thank You To Jill R. For This Nomination…

Aminda doesn’t shy away from helping anyone.

Everything about her glows in encouragement and a ‘Can Do’ attitude! Regardless of a child’s learning style or their own confidence in the ability to succeed, she works with them. And after a short time, their attitude improves and they start to believe in themselves again.

She makes complicated math concepts understandable through various means, like games, manipulatives, and the use of online tools.

She is also a wonderful person outside of school. There is no difference between Aminda the teacher and Aminda the neighbor. She is an angel to anyone who has the privilege of knowing her!

Nominate Today…
 
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November Educator Autumn Ipock

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Amazing Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the November 2017 Educator of the Month Winner…
 Autumn Ipock of Mount Pilchuk Elementary in the Lake Stevens School District.
 
A Special Thank You To Golden For This Nomination…

Autumn Ipock is a special needs teacher at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary in Lake Stevens.

She works tirelessly with her students to help them learn the way only THEY can learn. She tailors every lesson to each individual child, whether they are at a 3rd grade reading level, or still learning to use the bathroom and feed themselves.

She never complains. She truly loves her job more than anyone I know loves their job. And her job is hard. She changes diapers, had children with feeding tubes, children who cannot speak, and still she enjoys what she does so much. When she speaks about her job, you can hear the pride and excitement in her voice. She genuinely loves what she does, and it shows.

Before she was a teacher, she volunteered at a special needs preschool in Granite Falls. She is simply amazing. The amount of grace and patience this woman has is stunning. She goes in on weekends and even went in during both of her maternity leaves to ensure that her students had the best possible lesson plans and materials ready for them each week.

Autumn is the mother of two small boys. She is not only teaching them compassion and understanding, she is touching the lives of every child in her classroom.. year after year. When former students run to her and hug her with pure joy and love on their faces, you know she had touched their lives forever.

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Why I Honor Educators

"There was a time in my life when I was not doing real well in school, in a lot of things and there was this teacher who did not give up on me. His name was Monte Culver.  I know he helped many, many children."

We are surrounded by incredible educators who demonstrate their care and commitment to  each generation of children. We know that they spend countless hours in the classroom going above and beyond to help each and every student achieve greatness.

We select a winner each month of the school year to receive a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.

If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, please Click here to nominate.

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October Educator of the Month Marissa Nilsen

Rick Merrill is Honoring Amazing Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the October 2017 Educator of the Month Winner…
 
Marissa Nilsen of Centennial Middle School in the Snohomish School District.
 
A Special Thank You To Lisa For This Nomination…

Ms Marissa teaches 7/8 grade behavioral class. She never misses a day of school, even when she's sick.

She puts the kids needs in front of hers everyday of the school year. She spends countless (non-paid) hours trying to make her classroom a successful place. Many days she comes to work in the dark, and leaves in the dark.

Many of the kids come to school without having eaten breakfast, or dinner the night before, she does what she can to make sure they get something. She realizes that they did not choose to live in a household with a destructive parent, live in unsuitable foster care and/or just choose to act up/out for no reason. She cares deeply about her kids.

Many extra things she needs in the class she gets (herself), but can't get everything. A couple years ago, some of her kids joined the wrestling team, and she saw the need to be there for them, so she became an assistant wrestling coach (without knowing a thing about wrestling) to help them with this transition with all the other kids.

She has only been teaching a few years but is quite a remarkable, caring and committed teacher.

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It All Adds Up For This Educator Of The Month

We are surrounded with amazing educators who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children. 
 
Congratulations to the April 2017 Educator of the Month Winner…
 
Laura Breen of the  Evergreen Middle School in the Everett District.
 
Rick presented Laura with a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
A Special Thank You To Teresa For This Nomination…
 
Laura Breen, is an excellent Math educator for Grades 6-8 at Evergreen Middle School.  Ms.Breen also, goes out of her way to communicate with parents or in my case-Grandparent.  
 
She is the only teacher my Grandson has, that sends out "weekly updates" on the "details" that are going on in her classroom and what is expected, as the week ends along with direction in Math for the following week. 
 
She spends her lunch breaks in her room, just in case a student needs extra help or if they need one on one tutoring, or to catch up on assignments. She will give them the opportunity to retake a test within a couple weeks for final grade book scores.   Needless to say- this will improve their skills in Math and memorization.  Benefiting the student in the long run by helping them retain the skills for success in their future. 
 
She takes what she does seriously and tries to make Math fun. Her calm demeanor of teaching her students, along with her caring communication skills with parents has already been proven. My student and many others- now enjoy Math and are now getting great grades in math because of her devotion.
 
This kind of devotion, along with going above and beyond to teach, secures our future for success and should this should never go unnoticed…

Laura Breen, lives her life daily, with the act of..."Leaving no child left behind".
 
Nominate Today…
 
If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, their countless hours in the classroom spent going above and beyond, dedication to their students educational growth, please take a moment to let Rick Merrill know…
 
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go…
 
To our website www.rickmerrillattorney.com and nominate them today!
 
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Don Ide, Educator Of The Month

We are surrounded with amazing educators who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children. 
 
Congratulations to the March 2017 Educator of the Month Winner…
 
Don Ide of Lynnwood High School in the Edmonds School District.
 
Rick presented Don with a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
A Special Thank You To Patricia For This Nomination…
 
I came to know Mr. Ide when my 2 daughters were in his class. It was a very stressful time in our lives for many reasons, and Mr. Ide always checked in with us to see if we needed anything.
 
Mr Ide is one of those people who has dedicated his life to helping kids prepare to be the best they can be.  Mr Ide is the teacher for D.E.C.A., and is in charge of the student store. In addition to being a awesome teacher of marketing, he has done things above and beyond that have enriched the lives of the students who are in his classes.
 
Mr Ide has been instrumental in transporting kids to various events, exposing kids to the success stories of other people, to show them what a successful future will look like for them.  Every summer,he arranges scholarships for several students to attend business camp in Eastern Washington.  For many of these kids, it is the first time they get to experience life outside of Lynnwood.  My 2 daughters were invited to go for 4 years, and loved it!
 
Every day, at the start of a class and again at the end, Mr Ide will stand at the door, shaking the hand of every student as they enter and exit the room, looking them in the eyes and asking a sincere question. It could be "What's your favorite movie", or "How are you today" and he listens as each kid answers the question.
 
Over the 4 years that I had kids at Lynnwood High, I heard over and over the difference Mr Ide has made in lives, because, as more than one teenager said "Mr Ide is the only one that asks me how I am, and the only one who listens to my answers."  He is truly a gem who can teach all of us how to be better people.
 
Nominate Today…
 
If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, their countless hours in the classroom spent going above and beyond, dedication to their students educational growth, please take a moment to let Rick Merrill know…
 
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go…
 
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