During the months of August and September, the Storm partnered with Kaiser Permanente and the Seattle Public Schools to recognize local teachers as part of the “StormFit Classroom Assist” program. Five teachers were honored at Storm home playoff games. The recipients were celebrated during the first timeout of the game and given a $500 donation to use towards the purchase of classroom supplies thanks to Kaiser Permanente.
The teachers honored include Chellie Lafayette, Toni Bader, Jennifer Hendrickson, Gayle See and Erin Telford. We were honored to have these incredible teachers recognized as part of this program.
August 26 – Chellie Lafayette is a Physical Education Specialist at Highland Park Elementary and was selected as the Seattle Public Schools SHAPE WA 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year. A National Board-Certified Teacher of Physical Education, Chellie has impacted youth from a variety of levels including as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, technology lead teacher, adapted physical education specialist and currently as an PE specialist. Chellie is a wonderful teacher that continues to encourage and impact each and every student, each and every day.
August 28 – Toni Bader is an Adapted Physical Education Specialist with Seattle Public Schools and was selected as the SHAPE WA 2017 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. A true teacher leader, Toni serves on several district leadership teams and was instrumental in the passing of the district’s PE and Wellness policies. She is currently implementing systems and procedures to serve over 7,300 students with special needs. Previously, she taught PE in Seattle for 12 years where she received numerous awards. Toni’s goal is to sustain positive learning for all.
September 4 – Jennifer Hendrickson is the Instructional Coach for Physical Education in Seattle Public Schools. As a teacher leader, Jennifer sets the pace for the Physical Education department and servers as a mentor for staff across the district. At the district level, she also helps in leading the district wider curricular and assessment work. Jennifer was the recipient of the 2018 George Pocock Rowing Foundation Synergy Award for exemplifying the highest level of dedication amongst Erg Ed teachers in both her commitment to her own professional development and in creating opportunities for her student and colleagues to enjoy the sport of rowing.
September 7 – Gayle See was an Instructional Coach for Physical Education in Seattle Public Schools after teaching at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels for over 20 years. Gayle was the first Washington State National Board-Certified Teacher of Physical Education. She now facilitates for candidates going through the process of national boards. Gayle received the Joy of Effort and Honor award from SHAPE America. A former Physical Education SHAPE Teacher of the Year for Washington, Gayle currently serves as the Executive Director for both the Society of Health and Physical Educators for Washington and the SHAPE America Western District.
September 9 – Erin Telford is in her thirteenth year of teaching middle school physical education. Erin serves on the Trainer of Trainers team for Seattle Public Schools and is a National Board-Certified Teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, earned her teaching certificate through Seattle Pacific University, and finished with a Masters from Central Washington University. Teaching middle school is Erin’s passion and she looks forward to molding and inspiring youth for many years to come. Erin spent ten years teaching in West Seattle at Denny International Middle School and now is excited to be making a difference at Salmon Bay K-8 in Ballard.