CTE Teacher of the Year announced
CTE Teacher of the Year announced
Posted on 05/03/2017
CTE Teacher of the Year announced

Longtime teacher and Puyallup resident Kim Root has been named 2017 Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year. Root is the Business and Marketing teacher at Puyallup High School and has been with the district for 25 years.

She grew up in Puyallup, and she proudly says her children are fourth generation Vikings!

With a full schedule she teaches accounting and marketing, is the advisor for DECA, the student store, and the high school espresso bar. Her career with the district began as an after school keyboarding teacher.
Puyallup High teacher
Director of Instructional Leadership for CTE, Maija Thiel, said Kim was nominated by the CTE staff for her long-standing commitment to students in the area of Business & Marketing. “She has been a strong supporter and leader of DECA, and her dedication and advocacy has increased the opportunity for many students to competitively represent the Puyallup School District at both State and International DECA Conferences,” said Thiel.

This year her students place first and fifth in the State Career Development Conference held in March. Her students competed in the International DECA Conference in Anaheim, CA in April.

Root said she enjoys the tradition and passion our community has for Puyallup schools. “I love my students. I am lucky to have most of them for a three-year time period. By the time my students are seniors, my class becomes like a second home to them. I get to watch their successes in our DECA program as they mature from sophomores to seniors,” she said.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and 15-week old puppy. Her activities include camping and boating at Lake Cushman.

“Kim Root spends endless hours helping students with academic or economic challenges that might block their ability to participate in DECA. In fact, she currently supports a student-run DECA booth at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market where they practice marketing their student organization,” said Thiel.