Lakewood Rotary’s Kim Prentice introduced the Teachers of the Month at the Club’s regular Friday meeting on November 1. First, from Pioneer Elementary in the Steilacoom School District was Bruce Hayes, a physical education and health teacher. Bruce is a graduate of Pioneer Middle School and lifelong Steilacoom resident, and has now spent 30 years as a teacher there. According to his principal, Andre’ Stout, he is one of the most popular teachers in the district as he has taught most of the students in the district as well as some of those students’ parents.
This week students are getting a work out in class by participating in the popular line-dance, “The Electric Slide.” Bruce is impressive as he leads 35 sixth graders in the line dance. He is one of a few teachers with a type 2 driver’s license and volunteers to drive the school van when needed. Bruce Hayes is a tremendous educator and an outstanding coach, who was inducted into WIAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 as an assistant coach.
Lakewood Rotary’s Teacher of the Month from the Clover Park School District was Jamie Moffett from Lochburn Middle School. Since coming to Lochburn as their librarian, she has taken on many additional responsiblities including:
- yearbook advisor;
- assembly advisor;
- after-school student/parent book club advisor; and
- co-advisor to the student council.
At the end of school last year, Jamie gave Lochburn Middle School students a summer reading challenge. Interested students completed a questionnaire on and tracked the number of books they read during the summer. In September, all the participating students celebrated their achievements with an ice cream social having read 23,000 pages.
Jamie also hosts a monthly student and parent book club, where students and parents or guardians come together to discuss each book read. When asked what impact the book club has had on parent/student and parent/teacher relationships, one parent said, “My children and I communicate with each other in a more relaxed way. Communication with the teachers in the book club has increased my participation in my children’s education.” And, she’s currently working on her own National Board Certification. With her to receive the award was her principal, Helen Wilson.
Congratulations to both teachers for their outstanding work, making our community a better place.
Lakewood Rotary meets every Friday at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club at noon. The Club has donated more than $3 Million over the last 57 years to the local and international communities. For more information, go to: www.lakewoodrotary.com.