Nancy Clapp from Steilacoom High School in the Steilacoom Historical School District and Diana Fitzgerald from Tyee Park Elementary School in Clover Park School District were named Educators of the Month from Lakewood Rotary at their May 1 meeting.
In only her first year at Steilacoom High School, Nancy Clapp is already having an impact!
This school year, Nancy splits her time between teaching American Sign Language at Pierce College and creating a new American Sign Language program at Steilacoom High School. Her enthusiasm and love of the language is contagious. She has connected with students who have not experienced success in spoken foreign language courses.
However, these same students are finding success in Nancy’s sign language class and the work ethic they are learning is transferring to other courses. Nancy is creative in working with students with disabilities, allowing them to learn another form of communication as well as giving them quality time to interact with their non-disabled peers. A quick walk through the school commons during lunch reveals Nancy’s impact as students communicate with each other through sign language.
Nancy pushes her students to be better, practice more and to be more. She carefully manages her full schedule between the college and high school to make herself available after school for students.
Diana has worked in Clover Park School District for 12 years and is a powerful teacher who has a proven track record of outstanding student achievement far surpassing most teachers. More important is her ability to build honest relationships with her students. Diana works with students who come from some of the most impacted homes and community settings… students who are often pushed to the side and allowed to slip through the crack. This is the exact opposite of what takes place in Diana Fitzgerald’s classroom. She builds a community of learners who leave her class each and every year with not only above average academic knowledge but also a sense of pride in who they are; where they come from; and where they will go. Diana Fitzgerald empowers her students to become leaders and game changers. She is a champion of teaching the whole child.