Teachers of the Week

SHAWNA SANDSTROM

SHAWNA SANDSTROM

  • School: Ben Franklin Elementary School
  • Teaches: Music
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson
ABBEY BUCHERT

ABBEY BUCHERT

  • School: Decatur Elementary School
  • Teaches: 2nd Grade
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

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SHAWNA SANDSTROM

  • School: Ben Franklin Elementary School
  • Teaches: Music
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Shawna Sandstrom stands out because of her unique approach, expertise with all things music and ability to identify individual student’s strengths — even when she works with hundreds of kids!” said Riley Frazier, the parent of a Ben Franklin student. “Mrs.Sandstrom makes music accessible, offering her students multiple ways to get involved. She teaches traditional choir, but also films music videos with the kids. They learn how to play instruments, but also how to collaborate, perform and play to their strengths. She's the kind of teacher that everyone wants their child to have. And by the nature of being a specialist, every student in the school gets to be in her class!” Frazier nominated Sandstrom for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.

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ABBEY BUCHERT

  • School: Decatur Elementary School
  • Teaches: 2nd Grade
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

“Abbey Buchert is a truly gifted teacher who knows how to encourage all students to be their very best. She helps her 2nd-graders grow, take risks, evaluate themselves, and work together to build a kind and caring community where everyone has responsibilities to themselves and others. Kids in her class love her deeply and want to work hard because of her unfailing positive attitude toward each of them, toward teaching, and toward their school and community,” said Kjersti Braunstein, a student parent. “Abbey is one of those teachers who connects with and inspires every student in her class, pushing them to learn at their very best. My kids come home thinking they have had fun all day. She teaches them the basics, but also gets them asking questions. She sets them on a path to explore the world, and then they keep walking and discovering,” said Elizabeth Lunney. Braunstein and Lunney are among several parents who nominated Buchert for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.