Two long time teachers in the Steilacoom and Lakewood School Districts were recently recognized by the Rotary Club of Lakewood by being named Teacher of the Month from their respective districts.
Thomas Thompson of the Clover Park District and Maureen ‚ÄúMimi‚Äù Shuckhart, from the Steilacoom School District were the honorees.
Thompson is a 14-year member of the Clover Park staff, joining the school district after retiring from the US Air Force. He began at Custer Elementary School as a basic skills – PE teacher and moved to fifth grade in the fall of 1994. He has been involved with student council, the Math Relay, school crossing guards and the Science Club. Thompson is also a member of The News Tribune’s Newspapers in Education Board, according to school principal Bev Eastman
Shuckhart has served in pupil services for 22 years. She joined the district in the fall of 1986 as an occupational therapist, according to Tammie M. Jensen-Tabor, Director of Pupil Services.‚Ä®
Shuckhart has been the only fulltime occupational therapist in the district during that time, working at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels.
Robert Peterson, a member of the Lakewood Rotary Club, made the presentations to the teachers of the month, a practice the club follows throughout the school year.‚Ä®‚Ä®The 130-member Lakewood Rotary Club recognizes a teacher each month from the Clover Park and Steilacoom Historical School Districts as well as a student of the month from each of the districts.
Lakewood Rotary Club has been supporting the community since it was chartered more than 50 years ago. The organization meets each Friday noon at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club. Bob Zawilski is currently president of the community service and philanthropic organization.