Tracey Lundquist, a fine arts teacher at Tyee Park Elementary School in Clover Park School District, was selected as one of the 2007 KCTS Golden Apple Award winners.
In her 23 years of teaching, Lundquist has seen a lot. She calls herself “something of a maverick” due to her unfailing passion to develop and teach a unique curriculum that allows room for everyone to succeed-even the most disadvantaged kids in her school.
“Nothing is more rewarding than the glow of success shining in the eyes of those who may have once thought such a feeling of achievement impossible,” said Lundquist.
Lundquist has provided her students with a variety of experiences including field trips to Benaroya Hall and the Fifth Avenue Theatre through support she solicited from local businesses. When it’s not feasible to take her kids to a location for on-site learning, Lundquist has been known to take her video camera and bring the location back to the school, as she did at Pearl Harbor. Students become involved in class to the point where the school librarian runs out of titles on the topics she teaches.
Robert Farster, Sr. nominated Lundquist for the award and praises her for her community involvement-specifically her class’s Veterans Day programs, which have resulted in a long-term relationship with the local military.
The Golden Apple Award winners will be honored in ceremonies held January 2008 in Seattle. Elected officials and education leaders will be among the invited guests. As part of this recognition, each winner will receive a “Golden Apple” statuette; individual honorees will also receive $250, and each winning program will receive $500. PEMCO Insurance also will award each Golden Apple recipient a $1,500 grant to support their classroom, school or educational program. The winners will be featured in a prime-time broadcast on public television stations statewide in February 2008.
The statewide Golden Apple Awards program is sponsored by KCTS 9 and funded by PEMCO Insurance. The awards were established in 1992 in line with KCTS 9’s values of lifelong learning, localism and public service. The 2007 winners were selected from over 200 nominees by a panel including representatives from Alliance for Education, Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, and Washington Education Association, as well as several local educators.