Teachers from Clover Park and Steilacoom School Districts were recognized recently by the Rotary Club of Lakewood as outstanding educators.
Susan Kirkpatrick, instructor at Lakes High School, and Rachel Welde, representing the Steilacoom district, were the honorees.
A teacher of Life Skills, Kirkpatrick teaches the disadvantaged, allowing them to practice a workable life skill. Nominated by Assistant Principal Tim Stults, she formerly taught at Vashon before beginning at Lakes three years ago.
Nominated by Assistant Principal Darrin Lowry, Mrs. Welde has had great success expanding the size and quality of the choral program at Steilacoom, teaching five different groups. She graduated from PLU and has taken many of her students to festivals around the USA plus Vancouver B.C. Sadly, her husband’s military career will require a move, and the Clover Park district will lose her soon.
Lakewood Rotary Club‚Äôs 120 members recognize a teacher from each of the districts as well as a student from each monthly. The club meets Fridays at noon at Tacoma Country & Golf Club to hear speakers on a wide variety of topics as well as plan community activities. Joel Feldman is president of the club.