- School: Kent Elemenetary School
- Teaches: 5-6th Grade - Odyssey
- Favorite Player: Russell Wilson
“Michelle Schram has been a Kent teacher for more than 20 years. As both a colleague and the parent of a former student, I’ve seen firsthand her dedication to her students,” said Patty Dunmire. “Michelle expects the best each student can give and will go out of her way to help them succeed—and it shows. Many of her former students have told me that they still hear her voice telling them they can accomplish whatever they try. Several have been ASB presidents, valedictorians and scholarship recipients, who have gone on to attend world-class colleges, thanks in part to the skills and confidence Michelle instills.” Dunmire nominated Schram for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
- School: Dimmitt Middle School
- Teaches: 6-8th Grade - Special Education Math/Reading/Writing
- Favorite Player: Russell Wilson
“Meg Herlofsky is an exceptionally caring teacher. Through her leadership and modeling, she is teaching our struggling students core academic and communication skills, as well as ways to connect with adults and what it means to be held accountable,” said school colleague Harumi (Angela) Sasao. “A member of several school committees, Meg is always ready to offer ideas that advocate for students in both our specialized and general education classes. She collaborates with teachers, families, mental healthcare providers and students to provide quality, student-led interventions that serve some of our most vulnerable populations. Meg is a school leader with heart and humility and is an irreplaceable part of our Dimmitt team.” Sasao nominated Herlofsky for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
- School: Sunrise Elementary School
- Teaches: 3rd Grade
- Favorite Player: Shaquem Griffin
“Tiffany Evenstad plays an inspirational role in her students’ lives. Even though my son is moving into a new grade this school year, Ms. Evenstad has forever left an impact on his education and overall self-esteem. She was able to transform this formerly shy and reserved young student into an active, participating learner that felt confident in sharing his ideas and answers in the classroom,” said Gina Chau. “Ms. Evenstad’s passion for teaching truly shows through her actions. Her ability to incorporate real-life lessons and custom worksheets into her curriculum help bring out each child's strengths and capabilities and connects her to every student on a personal level. Seeing my son blossom into a confident child has meant a great deal to me as a parent.” Chau nominated Evenstad for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
- School: Challenger Elementary School
- Teaches: Kindergarten
- Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin
“Vanessa Sedeno is an unbelievable teacher and a beautiful person. Our son was in her very first kindergarten class for the 2016-17 school year and from the beginning, my husband and I knew she was special,” said Krista Martin. “Our son was anxious about attending all-day kindergarten, and initially there were often tears. Vanessa would take his hand, comfort him and walk with him to class. She made him feel special and welcome every day he was in her classroom. Her kindness, compassion and amazing attitude will never be forgotten.” Martin nominated Sedeno for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.