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New teachers welcomed at annual Kiwanis lunch
New Puyallup teachers introduced at luncheon
Posted on 08/27/2019
New Puyallup teachers introduced at luncheon

More than 70 teachers were welcomed to the Puyallup School District at the annual Kiwanis New Teacher Luncheon held at Kalles Junior High on August 22. They were introduced by their principals during the luncheon, and they attended orientations throughout the day.

The Kiwanis Club of Puyallup was founded in 1921 and has hosted the annual new teacher lunch since 1944. The Kiwanis members greeted the new teachers and joined them at their tables for lunch.

The introductions provided an insight to the diverse experience the new educators bring to the district. Some started as paraeducators in the district before earning their teaching certificate. Others came a great distance— from as far away as Florida and Tennessee. Some are changing careers after working in industry most of their lives.

Several of the new teachers are local high school graduates returning to teach in their hometown.

Mountain View Elementary fifth-grade teacher Connor Bates graduated from Emerald Ridge High School in 2015 and attended Pacific Lutheran University. His parents both work in the district. “I’ve always wanted to come back to Puyallup at some point. It’s exciting I get to do that at the beginning of my teaching career,” says Bates.

New TeacherMegan Horton also attended Emerald Ridge High School, where both of her parents are teachers. She says her inspiration to become a teacher began in first grade at Pope Elementary when Heidi Hickman was her teacher. Horton is now a first-grade teacher at Pope!

Teacher training and professional development will continue during the week of August 26 and throughout the school year.


Nancy French