As part of their commitment to education, and to celebrate teachers in the Renton School District, each month members of the Rotary Club of Renton selects a few teachers as Teacher of the Month.
January’s Teachers of the Month are:
Fifth-Grade Teacher at Bryn Mawr Elementary School
Erik Hansing began his college experience at Seattle Pacific University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued his education at Seattle Pacific University to earn a master’s degree in educational research and curriculum development. Before becoming a teacher, Hansing worked as a mental health case aide. He also has been involved in the production of the annual Bryn Mawr play, helped to run the student council and various after-school science clubs at Bryn Mawr. This year is Hansing’s 18th year teaching in Renton.
First-Grade Teacher at Renton Park Elementary School
Cara McGough attended the University of Oregon where she double majored in international studies and Spanish with a minor in business. She continued to earn a master’s in elementary education from Arizona State University, and she is currently working toward her National Board Certification. Before teaching in Renton, McGough taught second grade in Glendale, Ariz. for three years. This is McGough’s third year with RSD.
Social-Studies Teacher at Nelsen Middle School
Elizabeth Young earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and secondary education from the University of Michigan. She is currently exploring her options for masters programs. Elizabeth has also taught at-risk youth in New York as a non-secure detention teacher and also spent time teaching in California. Before becoming a teacher, Young worked with welfare recipients to teach job skills, interviewing techniques and resume writing. This is Young’s third year as a teacher in the Renton School District.
As part of the recognition, teachers attend Rotary’s Teacher of the Month recognition luncheon held at the Maplewood Golf Course. Each teacher is introduced, makes a brief comment about the school and classroom, and receives $200 to be used for classroom supplies or instructional materials.