Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored International School teacher Jessica Scott as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” on Nov. 30, 2012 during a surprise school assembly. Scott is a U.S. History instructor for the 7th, 8th and 11th grades at the Bellevue school.
“Ms. Scott is the classic example of an outstanding teacher. She is passionate about U.S. history and creates a similar enthusiasm among her students. Always trying new and exciting lesson plans and projects to escape from monotonous lectures, she advocates group discussion and brings even the quietest students into the classroom conversation,” said Joanna Heywood, a former student. “Ms. Scott creates such a thrill for learning that even science geeks can't wait to learn about the War of 1812, westward expansion and the Industrial Age. She also looks out for students who struggle with history to make sure they succeed. She'll give written feedback on essays before the due date, create a schedule for procrastinators who fall behind on notes, and check in with students regularly to make sure they understand the material.” Heywood nominated Scott for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
“Ms. Scott also involves herself in the International School community outside of her classroom. She is the teacher-advisor for the community service club, Roots & Shoots. As well as helping with smaller events throughout the year, such as Adopt-a-Family, Kindness Week and Earth Corps, Ms. Scott leads the club's final event, Prom, at the Overlake Terrace Retirement home for its residents,” said Heywood. “She is a leading example of excellence because of her commitment to her students, her involvement in the community, and her love of teaching history.”
Scott is one of 24 K-12 teachers across the Puget Sound area who will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during the 2012 NFL season. Teachers are recognized in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations, and they receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies. In addition, they receive tickets to a Seahawks home game and are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field. Scott will be recognized at the Dec. 9 game when the Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals.
Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, student or student’s parent. The winners are selected based on their ability to make a real difference in students' lives; to go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities; and to help students build life skills.
More information about Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is available at www.SymetraHeroes.com/Seahawks.