Teachers of the Week

Cara Byrne

Cara Byrne

  • School: Samantha Smith Elementary School
  • Teaches: Grade 3
  • Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin
Toni Canady

Toni Canady

  • School: Mount Si High School
  • Teaches: Language Arts, Grades 9 & 10
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

x Close

1 2 3 4 5

Cara Byrne

  • School: Samantha Smith Elementary School
  • Teaches: Grade 3
  • Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin

“Each student is unique to Cara Byrne. They all have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. When a student presents a challenge, Ms. Byrne works to get to the root of the problem and doesn’t stop until she’s found a solution. She recognizes that what works for one student may not work for another,” said Kum Carroll, the parent of a student. “Ms. Byrne has high yet age-appropriate expectations of the students in her classroom, and they rise up to meet those expectations. As a second-grade teacher for many years, Ms. Byrne instilled more self-discipline in her students than many would believe possible for young children. They took their learning, classroom and homework responsibilities very seriously. This year, she and her third-graders collaboratively devised their own set of class rules. By involving her students in the process, it reinforced the importance of those rules in their minds.” Carroll nominated Byrne for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award. “Ms. Byrne works to ensure that her students will be successful in life as well as setting them up for academic success,” said Carroll. “Most notably, she helps children develop the social and emotional skills they will need to become well-integrated members of society. Not only does she teach her young charges math, science, social studies and reading, she also instructs them in how to respect one another, how to listen and take turns in conversations, and other important life skills they’ll need beyond the classroom.”

x Close

1 2 3 4

Toni Canady

  • School: Mount Si High School
  • Teaches: Language Arts, Grades 9 & 10
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Toni Canady works primarily with at-risk youth, but she offers structure, guidance, love, concern, friendship and compassion to every Mount Si student, whether they are in her class or not,” said colleague Eric Mitchell. “Mrs. Canady is well-respected by her students and peers alike for her tireless efforts and her refusal to accept anything which is negative. She works across disciplines with other teachers who are willing to collaborate to find ways to help students succeed in their other classes by bringing that work into her class. In so doing, she provides additional scaffolding and support. Mrs. Canady also works with parents and administrators to identify as many additional resources as she can.” Mitchell nominated Canady for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award. “I grew up as a son of a teacher and spent much of my youth around schools, and I have never seen anyone quite as loving and determined as Mrs. Canady is to help her students succeed,” said Mitchell. “Beyond the academic success she works so hard to help them achieve, Mrs. Canady’s impact on her students’ lives goes well beyond the classroom. She gives them confidence in places where they would never have found it. She is a mother hen who tirelessly advocates for them. Mrs. Canady improves society day by day, one student at a time.”