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Renton Rotary honors Teachers of the Month for December
The Rotary Club of Renton has chosen its Teachers of the Month for December.
• Roni Nielsen is a second-grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School. She attended Central Washington University, where she earned a degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education. Then Nielsen completed her professional certification course. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in the City of Renton Recreation Department and at Emerald Downs. Nielsen has also worked as a library assistant and a student aide in Renton. She has been teaching in Renton for 13 years.
• Casey Chalupa is a fifth-grade teacher at Bryn Mawr Elementary School. Casey attended Cal Poly in Pomona, Calif., where she earned a bachelor’s of arts in liberal studies. Chalupa continued her education at Cal Poly, where she obtained a master’s in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She is currently working toward her national board certification in literacy. Before teaching in Renton, Chalupa taught sixth-grade in Beaumont, Calif., and Birmingham, Ala. This is her fifth year teaching in Renton.
• Jim Goodwin is a visual communications teacher at Lindbergh High School. He attended Washington State University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics. Goodwin continued his education with the American College of Education, where he earned a master’s in educational technology. Prior to teaching, he worked in the newspaper industry. Goodwin was hired to teach math classes at Lindbergh High School. He has been teaching in Renton for eight years.
The teachers attend a recognition luncheon held at the Maplewood Golf Course. Each teacher also receives $200 for classroom supplies or instructional materials.