Dear Cascadia Families,
I am honored to announce this year’s recipients of the PTA’s Outstanding Educator Award: Jessica Gibbons and Katie Shae! Congratulations to both on this well earned honor. Read about why they were selected, as well as the other nominees, below.
From Ms. Gibbons’s nomination letter:
Ms. Gibbons is an incredibly organized, warm, and enthusiastic teacher who goes above and beyond to foster the academic and social growth of her students. She is a new teacher, but she’s a pro, teaching like she has 25 years of experience. She quickly established routines and expectations but also really dialed in to each kid (and family) to make all feel welcome, safe, and eager to learn. She seems genuinely excited about every project…. Her passion is contagious, and she creates an amazing learning environment that should be recognized.
From Ms. Katie’s nomination letter:
Katie Shae is the kind of staff member who can make a school feel more like home to our kids. She is on the front lines working with every student in the school, and she does it with immense respect and compassion.
Katie is always 100% on in the school: she is the friendly voice that greets the kids, the one who guides them in lunch and on the playground, and one of the key people when it comes to making our school and events run. … Katie is willing to go the extra mile to make sure that the right things happen in a positive way.
She’s always stepping in to lend a hand wherever needed. … She is cheerful, patient, calm under pressure, and organized.