Sunday, April 12, 2009
* Kevin Rodgers Selected as Shoreline Teacher of the Year
Kevin Rodgers, library media specialist at Brookside Elementary School in Lake Forest Park, has been selected as the 2008-09 Shoreline School District Teacher of the Year.
The award was announced at a special assembly at Brookside today. Kevin will be honored at a reception on Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shoreline Center lobby prior to the School Board meeting that night. The entire Shoreline Schools community is invited. The District will celebrate Shoreline Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8.
Kevin has been employed by Shoreline Schools since 1990. He began his career teaching sixth grade for three years at Briarcrest Elementary. He then moved to Brookside, teaching sixth grade for three years before moving into his present position as library media specialist in 1996.
“It is truly a ‘wonderful day in the neighborhood’ when you are fortunate enough to work with this outstanding educator,” his nomination read in part, signed by the entire Brookside staff. “You would be hard pressed to find anyone who is more highly regarded by parents, students and staff than our own ‘Mr. Rodgers.’ He is passionate about the science of teaching and excels at the art of teaching.”
Kevin has been a leader in supporting Shoreline’s efforts to introduce technology into the classroom. He set up Brookside’s first computer lab, maintains the KING5 weather station and continues to support all areas of technology in the school.
He was instrumental in establishing Brookside’s annual beginning of the year field trip for sixth graders, an event that creates bonding between classmates.
Kevin also leads the school’s outstanding Safety Patrol program. Kevin has organized the traffic flow and student pickup system in such a successful way that other schools in the District emulate it. He has served on the Shoreline Education Association bargaining team and as the Brookside staff’s liaison to the school’s PTA.
His community involvement has included an annual community auction to benefit the Brookside library, and working with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation Salmon Release Project. This is another Brookside tradition in which students annually release salmon into the creek adjacent to the school.
The Shoreline Teacher of the Year is selected annually from nominations received from throughout the District. The recipient receives a $1,000 award from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation and is forwarded for State Teacher of the Year consideration.