Teachers of the Week

Ai-my Dinh

Ai-my Dinh

  • School: Spiritridge Elementary School
  • Teaches: Grade 3
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson
Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Morris

  • School: McDonald International School
  • Teaches: Grade 3, Spanish Immersion
  • Favorite Player: Michael Bennett

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Ai-my Dinh

  • School: Spiritridge Elementary School
  • Teaches: Grade 3
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“A role model for students, fellow staff, and prospective teachers alike, Ai-my Dinh was born to teach. Kind-hearted, yet softly strict with her expectations, Ai-my is the perfect ‘warmhearted demander,’ who wants each and every student to see themselves as smart, confident and capable of reaching their highest potential,” said former teaching colleague Chris Ito, who nominated Dinh for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award. “Upon entering ‘Ms. Dinh’s’ classroom, students are greeted with the words of encouragement and empowerment: ‘Be brave, be bright, be bold,’ said Ito. “Ai-my cultivates a classroom environment where students feel safe and cared for. Integrating student voices and accountable talk into her lessons is always a priority so that everyone in her class is taught to respect others’ thoughts and build a community around meaningful conversation. Students are not pressured to participate; rather, they are inspired to participate through the confidence that Ai-my builds from Day One at the beginning of the school year.”

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Jennifer Morris

  • School: McDonald International School
  • Teaches: Grade 3, Spanish Immersion
  • Favorite Player: Michael Bennett

“Jennifer Morris is an amazing teacher who works hard every day to make a real difference in children’s lives,” said Kate Koester, the parent of a former student. “Ms. Morris finds way to connect students to real issues impacting the community. For a social studies project around food insecurity in Seattle, she brought her students’ classroom learning to life by organizing a trip to a local farm where the children harvested spinach to donate to a local food bank.” Koester nominated Morris for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award. “Ms. Morris shares her Mexican culture and encourages her students to share and learn more about their own backgrounds. Students made family trees in Spanish showing where their families had come from. The connections she helps her students make between their personal histories and the larger world is one of the many attributes she brings to teaching that sets her apart,” said Koester.