Robert Allen, a primary grade teacher at the Madrona K-8 School, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for our Post. He is described by his Principal as being a model of courtesy, thoughtfulness, humility, and respect for his students and colleagues. Robert is a dedicated professional who strives to make a difference in the lives of those with whom he works and serves. For many years, Robert has helped organize school assemblies and special programs designed to honor and respect our nation’s veterans. Robert is a graduate of the University of Washington and earned a Master’s Degree from Antioch University. He has been teaching since 1997. He lives in Seattle.
The Post’s Middle School Teacher of the Year is Jami Samione who teaches 8th grade Social Studies at the Maplewood K-8 Parent Cooperative in Edmonds. Jami was recognized for her expertise and passion for building on the ideals of democracy through improved citizenship. Through the use of interactive online program called “Civic Mirror”, Jami’s students create their own country for the purpose of instilling in them a love, commitment and respect for civic involvement. Jami has received B.S. and Master’s degrees from Western Washington University, and she began her teaching career in 1995. She and her family reside in Edmonds.
Bridget Mahoney-Ferandes was recognized as the Post’s High School Teacher of the Year. Her teaching career began in California in 1988, and she has been a Social Studies teacher at Edmonds-Woodway High School since 1997. She has a passion for American History, and her curriculum emphasizes an understanding and appreciation of our nation’s founding documents and institutions. Students are placed in a variety of simulations, which promote responsible decision-making skills. Bridget models the meaning of being an active citizen, one who serves her school-community. Students recognize and praise her for her ability to “connect” with them, which inspires and motivates them to become active learners. Bridget and her family live in Edmonds.