Seattle Seahawks honor Issaquah School District teachers

October 23, 2012

By Staff

Lane Helgeson, Liz Villa and Kelly Kosier (from left), a Renton teacher, were honored as Heroes in the Classroom at the Oct. 14 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Contributed

The Seattle Seahawks, in partnership with Symetra Financial Corp., honored Issaquah Middle School’s Liz Villa and Tiger Mountain Community High School’s Lane Helgeson as Heroes in the Classroom this month.

The duo is among 24 teachers across the Puget Sound area being honored for educational excellence during the 2012 NFL season.

Winners are recognized in front of their students at surprise in-school presentations and receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.

In addition, Villa and Helgeson were recognized in an on-field presentation at the Oct. 14 game when the Seahawks beat the New England Patriots.

The selection criteria include a teacher’s 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.

Villa was nominated by Issaquah Middle School Principal Corrine DeRosa, who wrote about the teacher’s work with a diverse group of special-needs students.

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Learn more about Heroes in the Classroom at www.SymetraHeroes.com/Seahawks.

She said that while Villa’s task to provide individual attention is huge, she is “absolutely dedicated to each child.”

Helgeson was honored by Tiger Mountain Principal Michael Schiehser, who said in a press release that “Lane Helgeson first cares for his students and nurtures them as human beings.  Second, he teaches them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed beyond high school … He also masters the balance between having exceptional relationships with his students and holding high expectations.”

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