Teachers of the Week
- School: Highland Park Elementary
- Teaches: 4th Grade
- Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin
Danielle Meier lives the phrase ‘high expectation for all students.’ She continuously strives to show kids that they can be their best selves and succeed,” said Tia Rizk, a teaching colleague. “One life skill that Ms. Meier helps build in her students is organization. When students walk into her class, they know what to expect each and every morning. They know where to place their reading log, where to put their homework folder and the specific expectations for learning. This gives students the feeling of safety and security that they need in order to let go of stressful factors outside of the classroom and focus on academics — and work hard they do.” Rizk nominated Meier for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
- School: Hollywood Hill Elementary School
- Teaches: K-5th Grade: Physical Education
- Favorite Player: Shaqueem Griffin
“Victoria Gray has been teaching at Hollywood Hill for 17 years, both in the classroom and now as our PE instructor. She is an amazing teacher and leader at our school,” said Principal Denise Waters. When I think of Victoria, I think about the students who have the hardest time in school and how Victoria comes alongside them to help them,” adds Waters. “Not only will she build relationship with them that helps them see that they are valued, she talks to them about the specific areas where they can improve either academically or social-emotionally. She sets up systems that allows them to be successful and she tells their positive stories. Her presence is magical and a vital part of the work we do at Hollywood Hill to help each student achieve their potential.” Waters nominated Gray for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.