Quilcene recognizes outstanding educators

Posted 5/28/21

Despite the trials of the past 18 months Quilcene School District educators, staff and students all rose to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the district recognized its accomplished …

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Quilcene recognizes outstanding educators

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Despite the trials of the past 18 months Quilcene School District educators, staff and students all rose to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the district recognized its accomplished achievers during an awards ceremony last week. 

“Over the past year our educational staff (both teachers as well as paraeducators) has had to adapt in unforeseeable ways to ensure learning continued. And at every turn they rose to the occasion,” Principal Sean Moss said of the recognitions.

Quilcene Superintendent Frank Redmon noted during Friday’s ceremony that each year students are asked to write letters lauding the teachers and paraeducators they think went above and beyond over the last school year. 

For her tireless work as a paraeducator, Quilcene selected Siehara Wong for the paraeducator’s “Excellence in Education Award.”

This year’s teacher selected to receive the “Excellence in Education Award” was Kimberly Knudson.

Superintendent Frank Redmon noted Knudson’s constant efforts to record lesson videos during the school’s remote-learning period.

She was always going the extra mile to keep her students engaged, despite the distance, Redmon said.

It wasn’t just the grown-ups being celebrated at the event, though.

The ceremony also served as an opportunity for teachers to recognize their outstanding students throughout the year.

Students were recognized for outstanding academic achievements in art, math, music and reading.

Some students were also recognized for their flexibility in working with teachers and staff to get through this most-trying school year. 

“While nearly everyone has, at some point in life, witnessed the work teachers do in the classroom, what’s not often seen are the many hours in learning, collaborating, adapting, and planning that must be completed first,” Moss said of the work of Quilcene’s educators and staff.

“During the pandemic, both the importance and difficulty of these items increased dramatically,” he added. “In Quilcene, our staff met these challenges head on, and I couldn’t be prouder of the job they’ve done.”

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