Symetra Heroes in the Classroom

Do you know a King County teacher who goes above and beyond, demonstrating excellence in the classroom? Do you want to recognize him or her for hard work and dedication? Well now is your chance.

At every home game this season, the Seahawks and Symetra will salute two inspiring K-12 educators who are helping their students reach higher and fly farther in life. In addition to being recognized in their school and on the field, Heroes also will receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.

Nominate your favorite teacher today for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award!

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GENE KOLCZYNSKI

  • School: Lindbergh High School
  • Teaches: Business Education
  • Favorite Player: Chis Maragos

"Mr. Kolczynski has a particular magic that helps him relate to all of his students. You always see him going the extra mile to make sure his students not only learn but also succeed, both in and out of the classroom. His sarcasm is his specialty. If you met him, I guarantee you'd love him because he possesses this quality that makes you want to keep talking with him. He'll listen, and he will offer you insightful advice in the most positive way," said Nicole Cowan, a Lindbergh student.

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JAN SAYERS

  • School: Mercer Island High School
  • Teaches: English and Business Law
  • Favorite Player: Kam Chancellor

"Students and parents rave about Jan Sayers' unique ability to teach strong and effective writing skills. Jan is fastidious about grammar and vocabulary, and students appreciate her rigor and commitment - it results in their success and allows them to move forward with confidence," said Bobbie Stern, the grandparent of several of Sayers' students.