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District selects elementary and secondary Teachers of the Year
Elementary and secondary Teachers of the Year announced
Posted on 04/27/2017
Teachers of the Year announced

Hunt Elementary librarian John Huson and Puyallup High teacher Angie Reed have been selected as the 2016-17 Puyallup School District elementary and secondary Teachers of the Year.

Teacher Angie Reed

They each received a standing ovation from their peers during impromptu surprise announcements held at their schools. The meetings were attended by school staff, administration, and family and friends. Superintendent Yeomans presented each of them with a plant basket and a professional development certificate.

The Teacher of the Year awards program is designed to recognize professional teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to the education of children.

Huson and Reed will be recognized by the Puyallup School Board at their meeting on May 1 at 6 p.m. at Edgemont Junior High.

John Huson, Hunt Elementary

Positive relationships. Engages students. Forward thinking. Committed to student achievement. These are words used to describe Hunt librarian John Huson when he was nominated for Teacher of the Year.

Librarian John Huson

“He has created a culture of reading by partnering with teachers at every grade level to promote the importance of reading. Students see Mr. Huson as an advocate for their success. They get excited about sharing with him their successes and efforts to learn new ideas and concepts,” said Hunt Principal Rebecca Williams.

Huson has been a teacher in the Puyallup School District for 11 years. He taught a third-fourth grade split class at Riverside, first and fourth grades at Carson, and has been the librarian at Maplewood and Hunt.

He says one of the things he enjoys most about working in Puyallup is the people and teaching in his own community. “I’ve met a lot of great teachers, principals, and families in this area. The Hunt staff is fun. We work together toward a common goal, while also feeling like you can be yourself,” said Huson.

As the librarian at Hunt Huson says he gets to interact with every student in the school. “I get to promote literacy and share my favorite books!” he added.

Williams said Huson is the go-to staff person for students whose lives are more challenging. “He meets with several students over the course of the day just to check in and get them ‘in the game’ and off to a good start or finish. He actually looks for kids to target and identify for support,” she said.

His resume includes volunteering for many committees, interview teams, and special events for students. Huson is co-leader for Student Council.

“I feel it is important to connect with students. To successfully reach students academically we must first build relationships as our foundation. Families are at ease when they see adults in the school who know their child.” ~ John Huson

In his spare time John enjoys fishing, coaching, family time, vacations, and time with friends.

Angie Reed, Puyallup High School

Angie Reed is described as a teacher who never gives up on students and whose work goes far beyond the regular classroom.

She has been at Puyallup High school for 11 years teaching math and chemistry and is currently the On-Time Graduation Specialist. Prior to coming to Puyallup Reed taught in Renton for four years and Comox Valley, British Columbia for seven years.

Puyallup High Assistant Principal Lorraine Hirakawa wrote in her nomination for Reed, “She mentors, teaches, and even feeds some of our most challenging students. Weekly she sends narrative updates on the most at-risk seniors. She never gives up—frequently assigning makeup tests and quizzes long past the end of her day."

Teacher Angie Reed

Reed spoke very highly of the staff at Puyallup High. “The teachers at PHS are first class educators that are committed to students. They care about kids and want them all to succeed. I love being able to problem solve with my colleagues about how to best meet the needs of our kiddos. I feel very lucky to work with the amazing people at PHS—they make my job so much easier,” she said.

Reed was complemented as being a role model to her peers. “She teams with them and works to come alongside teachers in supporting those students who struggle the most. Angie is sincerely the most dedicated teacher I have had the privilege to call my colleague,” wrote Hirawka.

On hand to surprise Reed when her award was announced was her husband and her son Austin Taylor, who attends Puyallup High. Outside of the classroom Reed says she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden, and hiking.

“I would like to dedicate this honor to all my kiddos that I have had the pleasure to teach. They have taught me far more than I have taught them. My students allow me into their lives and for a brief moment of time, they become a huge part of my life and when they move on, they forever leave an imprint on my heart. I love them all, and I know that I would not be the educator that I am today without their influences. Remember to dream big and work hard my kiddos!” ~ Angie Reed

Nancy French
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