Michelle Salgado, a 3rd year teacher at Chloe Clark Elementary School in the Steilacoom Historical School District, was one of two teachers recognized recently by the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
The Clover Park School District teacher honored by the club at the same meeting was Robert (Bobby) deGrouchy at Harrison Prep Academy.
“Besides being an outstanding teacher day in and day out, Michelle has shown real innovation during her time at Chloe Clark Elementary. She consistently works to bring new ideas to the school such as ‚ÄúEco-Explorers,” a group that works on environmental issues within the school. She leads the after-school science program, helps make strong assemblies stronger and she has involved her students in sometimes controversial community environmental issues in a way that has shown young children that they have a voice in the affairs of their community.
‚ÄúIn short, a real strength of Michelle’s is her ability to think outside the box. She is able to present new ideas articulately and with a real sense of passion in her work with kids. She is exceptionally cooperative and willing to help the school wherever and whenever needed.‚Äù
Harrison Prep Academy Principal Lisa Boyd commended deGrouchy (left), writing that “Bobby is more than willing to do anything for the students of our school community. Not only does he teach, he also serves as our ASB and Leadership Advisor and handles all of the in-house technology needs for his fellow staff members. Bobby has given up his entire summer as well as almost every weekend to support the success of our students.
‚ÄúYou will find Bobby doing everything from accompanying students to leadership camp to supervising them during weekend car washes. In addition, he never says ‚Äòno‚Äô to a student invitation to attend a recital or a game. Bobby has volunteered countless hours and has spent a great deal of his own money to provide for the students in his care. ‚ÄòAbove and beyond‚Äô is the right description for this teacher and I am proud to have him on staff!”
Tony Robinson, 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®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. Joel Feldman is currently president of the community service and philanthropic organization.