October 2014 Educator of the Month

October 2014 Educator of the Month

The Law Offices of Rick H. Merrill has been a part of the Snohomish County community since 1994.  It is important to Rick to support our neighbors, local businesses and schools.  

Over the summer Rick had decided that he wanted to reward our local educators for the hard work and dedication that they give to our local students and communities.  Rick partnered up with local radio station KXA 1520 am and the Everett Silvertips to sponsor a local educator each month.  

And the Winner Is!

This month we received an entry from Skyline Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Bill Kusler.  Mr. Kusler nominated the para-educator for his classroom Kim Hanegan.  Below is the entry that Mr. Kusler sent into our website to nominate Ms. Hanegan for October 2014 Educator of the Month.  He speaks very highly of Ms. Hanegan and it was an obvious choice for the Law Offices of Rick H. Merrill, KXA 1520 am and the Everett Silvertips to choose Ms. Hanegan.

“Kim is an outstanding para-educator who supports kindergartners and English Language Learners in both classroom and small group situations.  In my 21 years of teaching, I have never seen a more creative, caring person who can build learning through games and other fun approaches.  She assesses student needs and gives intentional instruction for specific skills.  Kim has a fabulous rapport with students, teachers and administrators.  Students just love her and are constantly asking me if it is their turn with Mrs. Hanegan.  She has given seminars in the past to train other district para-educators on her techniques.  Our school has a population with unique challenges and Kim embraces them.  No one is more beloved and deserving to be recognized as “Teacher of the Month” than Kim Hanegan.”


Rick presented Ms. Hanegan with the “Educator of the Month” plaque along with a $500.00 check made out to Skyline Elementary and Kim Hanegan, for her to use as she wishes to help meet students needs in the classroom.  Rick hosted Ms. Hanegan and her family to an Everett Silvertips Hockey home game on October 22, 2014 at the Xfinity Arena in his suite.

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