POULSBO — This year’s Outstanding Educators are referred to by their peers as “highly engaged,” “able to motivate students to extraordinary levels,” and “key members of their instructional teams.”
Sixteen North Kitsap teachers received Outstanding Educator awards from Alpha Sigma Chapter, Kitsap County, of Delta Kappa Gamma at a recent meeting of the Poulsbo City Council. In the audience were approximately 60 persons, including family and school colleagues.
This year’s recipient of the Outstanding New Educator Award was Jeremy Dupea, a first-year music teacher at Breidablik Elementary School.
Outstanding Educator Awards went to:
— Dani Boss, English, Kingston High School.
— Enrique Chee, AP physics, Bainbridge High School.
— Dr. Gail Davis, Intermediate Options, Gordon Elementary School.
— Wendy Kozina, math, Woodward Middle School.
— Amy Lee-Despard, English, St. Cecelia Catholic School, Bainbridge Island.
— Ann Lindsey, athletic coordinator, Fairview Junior High School.
— Linda Middlebrook, third grade, Poulsbo Elementary School.
— Kathleen Mitchell, learning disabilities teacher, Gateway Christian School.
— Brent Peterson, associate superintendent, Bainbridge Island School District.
— Barb Pixton, fourth grade, Poulsbo Elementary School.
— Tammie Rabura, music, Pearson Elementary School.
— Connie Sewell, first/second grade, Breidablik Elementary School.
— Stuart Wakefield, speech therapist, Wolfle Elementary School.
For the first time, Outstanding Educator awards were also presented to Alpha Sigma chapter members. Kaye Moon, a 35-year veteran currently teaching at Fairview Junior High School, and Pat Bennett-Forman, who has spent the last 13 of her 41-year career at Wolfle Elementary, were honored.
Alpha Sigma Chapter, Kitsap County, of Delta Kappa Gamma, is an international organization of key women educators. The organization annually presents the Outstanding Educator Awards “to publicly acknowledge the achievements, dedication and outstanding services” of local teachers.
The March 4 recognition opened with a brief address from Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, who emphasized the importance of good teachers to the well-being of the community. Erickson called teaching “the second most important job in the world,” eclipsed only by parenting. She then went on to praise teachers for generating a love of learning still found in many adults today.
Delta Kappa Gamma member Kathy Caldwell introduced this year’s Outstanding Educators as continuing proof of the quality of schools and congratulated them for a combined service to children of more than 350 years.
“We are unable to do more than give each recipient a rose, a certificate, and our sincere thanks for their outstanding service to children, but even that little bit of recognition seems special,” Caldwell said. “Teachers are truly under-appreciated and this program goes a long way in changing that perception.”
The award winners were selected from nominations made by teachers, administrators and parents. Criteria for selection included consistent exemplary instructional skills, high degrees of student success and leadership in school improvement.