A teacher from the Clover Park School District and one from the Steilacoom Historical School District were honored as teacher of the month from their respective districts by the Rotary Club of Lakewood during its Oct. 19 meeting.
Pam Ehli – Clover Park District Julie Durr – Steilacoom Schools
Pam Ehli, a veteran teacher at Clover Park’s Greenwood Elementary School and Julie Durr from the Steilacoom District’s Chloe Clark Elementary School in DuPont were the honorees.
Now in her seventeenth year in the district, Ehli serves as the instructional facilitator at Greenwood Elementary School. Before accepting the position, she was a classroom and special education teacher.
A nomination letter from Greenwood Elementary Principal Ann Hamilton stated: “I have known Pam in her role as instructional facilitator. She is a professional educator who provides consistent outstanding support to Greenwood staff and students. No matter what the situation, Pam is always willing to go ‚Äòabove and beyond’ to do whatever is necessary to make sure out students are successful and our staff feels supported.
“She does all of her work with enthusiasm and a ‚Äòcan do’ attitude and she holds student achievement as her top priority and bases all of her actions and decisions on what is best for the kids.”
Durr, nominated by her principal, Gary Yoho, was noted for her “enthusiasm is absolutely apparent in all that she does for our school and her children. She is highly organized, exceptionally innovative, caring and loves working with children. ”
Now in her third year of teaching, Yoho noted that she is a “great team player who is always bringing new ideas. She serves on our school’s BEST (Bringing Everyone Success Today) Team. Ms Durr works expertly with parents and is a great listener to their concerns.”
Yoho made special mention that “she is an absolutely wonderful role model for her students.”
The awards were presented to Ehli and Durr by Rotarian Tony Robinson during the Rotary club’s regular noon meeting at Tacoma Country & Golf Club.
Lakewood Rotary honors a teacher of the month from Clover Park and Steilacoom School Districts and also recognizes a student monthly from each of the two districts. In addition to special certificates, the teachers were also given bumper stickers that read: Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month.