The Auburn School District Board of Directors recognized Evanne Aarstad, a teacher at Lea Hill Elementary, as the outstanding staff member of the month (September). Morgan Adkins, a fifth-grade student at Alpac Elementary was recognized as the ASD School Board’s outstanding student of the month(September).
Outstanding Staff Member of the Month
According to the ASD press released, Aarstad has been with the ASD for over four years. She previously taught in Texas, as well as in the Sumner, Kent and Dieringer districts. Aarstad teaches kindergarten through third-grade dents in the Lea Hill Elementary Pathways program. Students in the Pathways program have significant social, emotional and behavioral needs. As a Pathways teacher, Aarstad works closely with each of her students to meet their needs, ensuring they a sound educational experience. “I love working with the most challenging kids,” she said.
Ed Herda, principal of Lea Hill, said: “Evanne is a special forces version of a teacher-the best of the best.”
Outstanding Student of the Month
Aarstad earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Puget Sound, her master’s degree from Walden University and an English language certificate from Western Governor’s University.
The ASD press release shared that “Adkins was selected for always being respectful, responsible and safe. She is part of the Safety Patrol, participated in the drama club and in the Soccer for Success program.”
Adkins’ teacher Julie McKenzie said, “Morgan is dedicated to helping other students and makes them feel special.”