Renton Rotary Club honors January Teachers of the Month

Rotary has selected their Teachers of the Month for January.

Carolyn Hudson is a kindergarten teacher at Sierra Heights Elementary School. She attended the University of Washington. There she earned a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, with a degree in elementary education, with a focus in early childhood education kindergarten through third-grade. Hudson has been a teacher for 38 years, with experience teaching both kindergarten and first-grade in Oregon and Washington state. This is her 14th year teaching in Renton.












Joseph Bento is a ninth-grade health teacher at Renton High School. He attended the University of Idaho, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in child, family and consumer studies with an emphasis on education and school and community health. Bento has also obtained national board certification in health education. Joseph started his teaching career in the Renton School District and has now been teaching for 11 years.













Christina Allen is a culinary arts and health teacher at the Secondary Learning Center. Allen attended Washington State University, where she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in women’s studies with a minor in sociology. She Benson Hill Elementary School students, staff and parents showed incredible generosity during the holidays by collecting over 1,300 pounds of food that was donated to the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County which provides balanced nutrition meals to struggling individuals and families throughout the community. Allen continued her education at Central Washington University to earn a master’s degree in family consumer sciences education. This is Allen’s fifth year teaching in Renton.

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 their school and classroom, and receives $200 to be used for classroom supplies, or instructional materials.


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