New teachers welcomed at annual Kiwanis breakfast
New teachers welcomed at annual Kiwanis breakfast
Posted on 08/24/2017
New teachers welcomed at annual Kiwanis breakfast

Coming to work in Puyallup was an easy choice for veteran teacher Julie Rambo. Her husband and her mother both teach in the district. She lives in Puyallup, and her children attend school here.

Rambo, who came to Puyallup after teaching in Auburn for seven years, will be teaching math at Ferrucci Junior High. She is one of more than 125 new teachers hired by the district this year, and that number is still growing.

The new teachers were introduced at the annual Kiwanis New Teacher Breakfast on August 24 at Aylen Junior High where they attended a day of orientation.

The introductions provided an insight to the diverse experience the new educators bring to the district. Some were local high school graduates returning to teach in their hometown. Some started as paraeducators in the district before earning their teaching certificate. Others came a great distance. Some were former military members — one retired from the Air Force after 24 years.

Puyallup Police Department Captain Scott Engle, a member of the Kiwanis club and parent of a Puyallup student, spoke to the teachers, administrators, and community members. He welcomed the new educators and said the Puyallup community supports them and “believes in our schools.”

“You have hit the jackpot coming to a community that believes in our schools.”

Puyallup Police Captain Scott Engle

The Kiwanis Club of Puyallup was founded in 1921 and has hosted the annual new teacher breakfast since 1944. The Kiwanis members greeted the new teachers and joined them at their tables for the breakfast.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans welcomed the group and thanked the community for supporting Puyallup Schools. As he addressed the new teachers he said, “Our focus is on EACH child in our community.”

The orientation agenda included:

  • Welcoming Schools – creating an environment of respect and rapport
  • Teacher/principals evaluation program
  • Introduction of the Puyallup Education Association (PEA)
  • Technology training
  • Growing and developing professionally

The teacher training and professional development will continue during the week of August 28 and throughout the school year.


Nancy French
frenchnl@puyallup.k12.wa.us