Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated the first full week of May, from May 2 to May 6, with this year's Teacher Appreciation Day landing on Tuesday, May 3. This week, we will highlight some of our fantastic teachers that work at CLS. From our preschool to the senior year for our students, our teachers guide and support our students throughout the start of their educational career. We raise our hands to all our teachers for all that they do for our school!
Picture text: "I love the 'aha' moments in teaching when something clicks for a kiddo, and you can see the pure joy on their face." - Jessica Keehn, 2nd Grade teacher
Picture text: "I love teaching because I can positively influence our youth. And inspire them to learn new skills that help build their self-esteem.” - Cherilyn Williams, CTE Culinary Arts teacher
Picture text: "Being a teacher makes my day, being able to advocate for students and their families mean the world to me. I am blessed to be back at Chief Leschi and working alongside some of the best teachers I know." - Monique Ward, Special Education 2nd-3rd Grade teacher
Picture text: "Teaching is a calling from above, it has made my life meaningful and full of joy!" - Cheryln Wasbrikoff, secondary P.E. teacher. Cheryln also loves the quote, "What the teacher is, is more important than what they teach," by Karl Meninger.
Picture text: “[I love] teaching our kids traditional ways of woodworking and also Indigenous Culinary arts. I believe these are both life skills that our kids can use. This is what makes me come to school each and every day.” - Carl Lorton, Culture and Indigenous Culinary teacher
Picture text: "My goal is that every student that walks into my classroom leaves feeling loved, accomplished, and validated."- Leanna Washington, secondary math teacher
Picture text: “My motto when it comes to teaching is, ‘Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen Covey.’ I feel that the most important thing you can do as a teacher is to foster a positive learning environment. I am quick to make a fool out of myself to produce a laugh or a smile. Students succeed when they are not worried about making mistakes, because that is where the true learning begins.” - Savannah Price, 4th Grade teacher
Picture text: “I love seeing creative discovery light up a student’s face. My favorite moments of teaching are when students bring the things they are excited about to the table and we can collaborate to make learning fun.” - Ashlee Branham, secondary art and ELA teacher
Picture text: “The best thing about teaching is witnessing student’s growth. It is such a wonderful feeling when the “aha” moment happens. Seeing students make connections and build on their learning is like watching them bloom. So much heart is poured into teaching but the reward of seeing students succeed is worth it!” - Adrienne Nichols, secondary science teacher