Each month during the school year, Lakewood Rotary recognizes some of our best and most effective teachers from the Steilacoom and Clover Park School Districts.
At the club’s February 7 meeting, Courtney Widman from Chloe Clark (Steilacoom Schools) was described by her principal, Gary Yoho, as “passionate, driven and motivating. She brings the best out of those around her. Courtney is punctual, professional and thorough. She gets the job done …and done right.” An example given was a recent lengthy meeting involving one of her students which had concluded in the conference room, but Courtney and the parents remained in there…door closed… for some time. When she came out, she shared that she just wanted to make certain that the parents understood that she cared for their child. In everything she does, Courtney wants to make absolutely certain that she is doing the right thing for kids and families. In accepting the award from Rotarian Kim Prentice, Courtney praised the teacher being awarded next, Kerrin Mazzetti and her co-teacher, Mrs. Lupe Jackson. It seems Courtney’s 6th grade daughter was taught by the pair, and that that year in 6th grade changed her daughter’s life significantly. Courtney finished her remarks by saying that she absolutely, positively adores her job.
Kim Prentice next made the presentation to Kerin Mazzetti from Hudtloff Middle School. Her principal, Greg Wilson, wrote that “when you walk into Kerrin Mazzetti’s classroom, student engagement and challenging work are the norm.” She is described as dedicated, hard-working, a team player and great communicator with staff, students and families. She is endorsed to teach middle school math and science and English language arts and social studies. She voluntarily uses her lunch time to re-teach students who need additional math support. She is admired for her perseverance and her commitment to her students, toward achieving what is beneficial to all concerned in a student’s life…answering one of Rotary’s Four –Way Test questions…is it beneficial to all concerned?
Outside of the classroom, Kerrin serves as the facilitator for Hudtloff’s site council and represents her fellow middle school math teachers on a committee that is reviewing the district’s current middle school math curriculum.
Congratulations to both teachers for making our community a better place to grow our families.
Lakewood Rotary has been serving the Lakewood community and the world since 1956. www.lakewoodrotary.com