Beaver Lake middle school teacher honored as ‘Hero in the Classroom’

December 22, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 22, 2013

Beaver Lake Middle School teacher Heather Ireland was honored Dec. 18 by the Seattle Seahawks and financial services firm Symetra as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.

The educational program honors K-12 teachers throughout the Puget Sound region. Ireland is one of 16 selections during the 2013 NFL season.

She was recognized last week in front of students and peers during a surprise presentation at Beaver Lake. She received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, and was given a Seahawks jersey and tickets to a home game.

She’ll be acknowledged at CenturyLink Field in Seattle during the Dec. 29 game against the St. Louis Rams.

Ireland is in her third year at Beaver Lake. She serves as the school’s math department co-chair; coaches cross country, track and basketball; and is an adviser for the BLOCK club, which delivers humanitarian aid to students in Africa.

“She is a positive staff member, who always puts the needs of others before her own,” Beaver Lake Principal Stacy Cho said in a news release.

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