Macaroni Kid newsletter creates award for teachers

September 20, 2011

By Sebastian Moraga

For Diana Reul-Shapiro, it was time.

Her newsletter, Macaroni Kid, has become a part of the Issaquah and Snoqualmie communities, she said.

After two and a half years of news about children and teachers, it’s time for her and her newsletter’s co-editor and publisher Dana Verhoff to give something back: the Teacher of the Month award.

“Dana is a former teacher,” Reul-Shapiro said. “And this is a great way to show our support for teachers.”

Parents and students interested in nominating someone for the award will fill out an entry form on the Macaroni Kid’s website, and a volunteer group will pick a winner.

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Nominate your favorite teacher for an award at www.snoqualmievalley.

“To get this award is an honor,” she said. “We’re asking public schools, private schools, daycares, preschools. Wherever there’s teaching involved, we would love to hear from students and parents.”

The winning teacher will receive a certificate of appreciation and a $100 gift certificate to a Snoqualmie restaurant.

Verhoff said in a press release that she knows the hard work that goes into making a classroom a place where children can thrive and learn.

“It’s great that we can give some attention to those teachers who deserve extra kudos,” she added.

The newsletter will reveal the award’s first recipient Sept. 22.

“We just started this yesterday,” she said Sept. 2, “ and we have gotten several entries.”

Cascade Team Real Estate will sponsor the contest, which will seek a well-rounded teacher, based on essays from parents and children.

The award will not turn into a popularity contest, Reul-Shapiro said, although if a teacher gets several entries, the contest will consider that when picking a winner.

“We are going to put together a small panel with the help of the sponsors and we are going to go through the essays one by one,” she added.

Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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