Renton Rotary Club honors April Teachers of the Month

Renton Rotary has selected their Teachers of the Month for April 2013.

Patty Allen is a music teacher at Honey Dew Elementary School. Allen attended Western Washington University, where she earned a bachelor's of arts in music and then continued to earn a master's degree in teaching. She began her teaching career in Everett, where she was director of bands at Cascade High School for three years. Allen then moved to Renton and has been teaching elementary music. She has taught at many music camps. She also provides private lessons and occasionally performs in the area. Allen has been teaching in Renton for six years.








Jessica Powell is an Intermediate Instructional Learning Center (ILC) teacher at Cascade Elementary School. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, Cali. where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Powell also attended Seattle University where she earned a master's degree in teaching with a special education endorsement. Before becoming a teacher, Powell worked at an early intervention center, with children in an autism program. She has been teaching in Renton for three years.










Gayle Swannack is a sixth-through eighth-grade special education ILC teacher at Dimmitt Middle School. Swannack attended City University where she majored in elementary education (kindergarten through eight-grade) with a special education endorsement. She is currently enrolled at Walden University to earn a master's degree in integrating technology in the classroom. Before becoming a teacher, Swannack spent 10 years working as a para-educator. This is her second 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.




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