Teacher Roster

Nova Frank

  • School: Finn Hill Elementary School
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

Traci Brewster

  • School: Issaquah Middle School
  • Teaches: 8th grade Algebra
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

Erin Johnson

  • School: McClure Middle School
  • Teaches: 7th Grade Social Studies
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

Karen Knerr

  • School: Kamiakin Middle School
  • Teaches: 7th Grade Math
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

Briana Unti

  • School: Maplewood Heights Elementary
  • Teaches: 1st Grade
  • Favorite Player: All of them!

Maryline Williams

  • School: Thoreau Elementary School
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Tyler Lockett

Marletta Iwasyk

  • School: Orca K-8
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

Mariko Lane

  • School: Einstein Middle School
  • Teaches: Music
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

Julie Hudson

  • School: Three Tree Montessori School
  • Teaches: 4th, 5th and 6th Grade
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

Donna Guise

  • School: Wedgwood Elementary
  • Teaches: Special Education, Grades K-5
  • Favorite Player: Tyler Lockett

Carla Salmon

  • School: Parkwood Elementary
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

Renee Iverson

  • School: Parkwood Elementary
  • Teaches: 3rd Grade
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

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Nova Frank

  • School: Finn Hill Elementary School
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Nova Frank runs our transition program, an individualized program for special education students with significant challenges. The countless hours Nora invests in planning engaging, differentiated lessons for 12 students at different levels and learning speeds is no small feat, but she has singlehandedly turned our transition room it into a functioning learning environment for all,” wrote teaching colleague Scott Kielty in his nomination. “Nora practiced law for many years before exchanging that career for the demanding, often-underappreciated role of a special education teacher. She wears a smile on her face and brings a true passion to her classroom every day because she loves her students — and they love her.”

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Traci Brewster

  • School: Issaquah Middle School
  • Teaches: 8th grade Algebra
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Traci Brewster has a gift for making each student feel special. Even when challenged with tough, rigorous content, they ultimately emerge from her courses ready for anything that their future math learning require. They are ready to attack challenges because they have learned that they can do difficult things, grow from the struggle and experience, and come out on top. Importantly, they understand that hard work is valuable, and that they have a staff member who deeply cares about their success as an individual,” said Principal Carrie Reckling, who nominated Brewster for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award. “Every year, as part of her commitment to supporting her students, Traci reaches out in partnership to their families. By developing an understanding of each student’s background, culture and learning strategies, Traci forges strong connections with our diverse community,” said Reckling. “Families have a strong connection to her as an individual, because they know that she deeply cares about their student as an individual and will do anything she can to help them feel welcomed in her classroom.”

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Erin Johnson

  • School: McClure Middle School
  • Teaches: 7th Grade Social Studies
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Erin Johnson is a true champion of her students. In addition to being a creative and talented social studies teacher, she seizes every opportunity to promote student success using a social justice lens in all of her work. Erin persistently hones her already outstanding teaching skills to ensure students are accessing multiple voices and perspectives,” wrote school Principal Shannon Connor in her nomination. “Erin’s students are consistently challenged with a curriculum and activities that push their thinking and amplify their understanding of experiences beyond their own. Additionally, she cultivates their ability to delineate the difference between facts and opinions. From ‘Socratic Seminars’ to presidential campaigns to classroom debates, Erin Johnson’s students are consistently engaged and motivated to dig deeply into essential topics that prime them to become effective scholars and global citizens.”

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Karen Knerr

  • School: Kamiakin Middle School
  • Teaches: 7th Grade Math
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Karen Knerr was my daughter's fifth grade teacher last year at Robert Frost Elementary School. Besides being an excellent instructor, Mrs. Knerr helped my daughter recognize that she is capable of working through challenges through resourcefulness and tenacity; the life skills and personal development she acquired are priceless and will travel will her for the rest of her life,” wrote Ana Proctor in her nomination. “Mrs. Knerr is a model for perseverance, accountability and responsibility to self and community.”

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Briana Unti

  • School: Maplewood Heights Elementary
  • Teaches: 1st Grade
  • Favorite Player: All of them!

“Briana Unti is a rare find as a teacher, and I wish every child had the opportunity to experience her just once in their school career. She was a life-changer for my daughter, who experienced some challenges upon entering first grade. Right away, Briana was in constant contact with my husband and me. She gave us the tools and resources we needed to successfully follow through with our daughter at home,” said Taryn Mauermann. “As a teacher, Briana embodies growing our children to be good people and good citizens, who make good choices. She teaches them how to overcome adversity, and act with dignity and respect while still being a fun, active kid. Her heroic efforts to guide our next generation in the right direction of being good, decent human beings with such kindness and grace deserve to be recognized. We are so lucky to have her!”

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Maryline Williams

  • School: Thoreau Elementary School
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Tyler Lockett

“Maryline Williams is an exceptional teacher, who sees every child as an individual and guides them to learning as if each were the only child in the classroom — not an easy task or a common virtue to find. As the parent of a former student, I wish every child could have the nurturing, loving and connected first experience at school that my daughter received,” said Eliana Arias. “Mrs. Williams provides guidance to the children who need extra help, motivation to those that can roll without difficulty, and positive challenges to those who are a bit ahead of the curve.” “The way Mrs. Williams advocates for all children is remarkable, as is her love for teaching and her genuine concern for her students’ emotional health. Academically, she shoots for the stars with every child, giving the perfect challenge to each kid so that they can see their own potential and become a confident happy kid who loves learning. What else can we ask for?” Arias nominated Williams for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.

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Marletta Iwasyk

  • School: Orca K-8
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“What sets Marletta Iwasyk apart is the energy, excitement, knowledge and passion she brings to her kindergarten classroom. Her students start their education with an academically strong, engaging and well-rounded foundation, which encourages them to be lifelong learners, stewards of the earth and inspires them to do good in the world,” wrote parent Karen West in her nomination. “Known as ‘Ms. Marletta’ to her students, she teaches children about the world around them and does it in an exciting and inspiring way. How to observe the moon in its many phases, watch a tree and how it changes each season, recognize the power and importance of numbers, and be kind to others are just some of her lessons.” “A Seattle Public Schools teacher for more than 50 years, Ms. Marletta celebrated her 80th birthday not long ago. Known by everyone in the school, regardless of whether or not you had her in kindergarten, she continues to teach, connect with and inspire generations. She is amazing!” said West.

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Mariko Lane

  • School: Einstein Middle School
  • Teaches: Music
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Mariko Lane’s enthusiasm, humor and love for what she does is evident from the moment you walk into the band room. You can feel her energy. She’s always moving, she’s always talking, she’s always expecting more from her musicians and in return her students play their best for her,” wrote Pamela Uran in her nomination. “There are not many of us who remember middle school fondly, but I am certain Mariko’s students will never forget her passion for music, for teaching them, and for her leadership during this transformative time in their lives. Mariko’s students are becoming better musicians because of how well she teaches; they are becoming better people because of how well she leads. How lucky are my children to have Mariko Lane as their teacher?”

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Julie Hudson

  • School: Three Tree Montessori School
  • Teaches: 4th, 5th and 6th Grade
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

“Julie Hudson is a teacher among teachers. Her whole life is all about creating a learning environment that truly engages, guides and serves her classroom of mixed ages. She is the most committed and dedicated person — to children and her craft — I've ever witnessed in any realm of work. She's passionately motivated by fostering love for learning and preparing children to have agency and adaptability and curiosity in the world,” said Andrea Langsdorf. “Julie is a quiet, soft spoken teacher, who has endless patience for her students and an unshakeable certainty in their ability to explore and succeed in this world. Through her, so many students have pushed into their discomfort and realized that they had more power and intelligence than they imagined. I am deeply grateful that my children had her in their lives and I believe that her influence will continue to impact them for the remainder of their lives,” said Teresa Sorlie.

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Donna Guise

  • School: Wedgwood Elementary
  • Teaches: Special Education, Grades K-5
  • Favorite Player: Tyler Lockett

“Donna Guise is a superhero — no amount of words can adequately describe the admiration that students, colleagues, parents, and the Wedgwood community have for her. She changes the trajectory of every student she works with, whether they are served in special education or not,” wrote assistant principal Christy Smith in her nomination. “Donna inspires growth for all and everyone is drawn to her like positive electrons! She is accessible to all her colleagues, but what sets her apart is her ability to connect and meet with students. She makes them feel important, can identify and teach into a need and help them acquire the skills necessary to feel confidence. Above all, she normalizes the special education experience. Donna embodies every element that is required of a teacher when creating an environment of respect and rapport.”

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Carla Salmon

  • School: Parkwood Elementary
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

Parent Annie Culliton applauded the dedication and imagination Carla Salmon brings to the classroom in her nomination. “Kindergarten is a tricky age. I've never seen a more equipped teacher than Carla, who fosters and nurtures individuality, creativity, diversity, teamwork and confidence in young minds. Society will be much better served having more teachers like Carla mold these minds at an early age, setting them on the path of loving school as a goal above all else,” wrote Culliton. “I'm excited to see a brighter future because of the foundation and passion Carla is building in our future leaders because she sees the big picture and is coloring it in one day and child at a time.”

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Renee Iverson

  • School: Parkwood Elementary
  • Teaches: 3rd Grade
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

“The difference Renee Iverson has made in our daughter’s life and in those of the students who have been fortunate to have her as a teacher simply cannot be overstated,” wrote district colleague Curtis Campbell in his nomination. “My wife and I will often refer to Mrs. Iverson as the ‘child whisperer’ because she has an innate ability to connect with each student she works with to develop a trusting relationship and understand each child’s needs and strengths. She leverages those relationships, along with her exceptional teaching knowledge, to support students reaching their true potential.”