Teacher Roster

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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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.”