Two Highline Public School Teachers honored by Seattle Seahawks


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(Left to right) Lyn Nelthropp, Global Connections High School and 2012 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipient; Rick Harwood, Global Connections High School principal; Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools superintendent; Elle Parsons, Health Sciences & Human Services High School and 2012 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipient; and Jenni MacDonald, Health Sciences & Human Services High School principal. Photo by Larry Gill.

(left to right): Elle Parsons, Health Sciences & Human Services High School and 2012 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipient; Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung; and Jenni MacDonald, Health Sciences & Human Services High School principal.

(Left to right): Elle Parsons, Health Sciences & Human Services High School and 2012 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipient; Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung; and Jenni MacDonald, Health Sciences & Human Services High School principal. Photo by Larry Gill.

On May 24, two Highline Public School Teachers – Elle Parsons and Lyn Nelthropp – were honored with 22 others as “Symetra Heroes in the Classroom” during the 2012 NFL season, at a special celebration at CenturyLink Field.

Parsons teaches at Health Sciences & Human Services High School and Nelthropp at Global Connections High in SeaTac.

Jim Pirak, Symetra SVP, Marketing, and Mike Flood, Seattle Seahawks VP, hosted a luncheon in the Coach’s Loft, welcoming the teachers, their school principals and special guests, including Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield.

Following lunch, the teachers received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, which included taking in a view of the field from the press box. The festivities wrapped up in the Seahawks locker room, where each teacher was surprised with a “customized” locker complete with nameplate. Each teacher’s locker’s contents included a plaque commemorating his or her “Heroes” award and a copy of the May 24 edition of the Seattle Times, which featured a ¼-page ad saluting all 24 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom recipients.

Seahawks Left Tackle Russell Okung was a special guest, joining the teachers and guests in the players’ locker room. Okung shared a very personal story about his fourth grade teachers Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Cook. ““Those two teachers, they believed in me,” he said. “They took me aside and they took that extra step to get me right. They had a level of belief in me that I didn’t have in myself. The patience they showed in me paid off.” [Read more about the 2012 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom teachers visit with Okung on the Seattle Seahawks website, here: http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Russell-Okung-honors-modern-day-Heroes-in-the-Classroom/d33d3ba8-a5c1-4901-bddf-147cb51fa1db ]

About Symetra Heroes in the Classroom®
Since 2006, nearly 150 Puget Sound-area teachers have been honored for educational excellence as Symetra Heroes in the Classroom. Teachers are recognized in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations. They receive a $350 Office Max gift card for classroom supplies and tickets to a Seahawks home game, where they are acknowledged during on-field presentations at CenturyLink Field. In addition, Symetra makes a $1,000 donation to each teacher Hero’s school.

Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, student or student’s parent. The winners are selected based on their ability to make a real difference in students’ lives; to go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities; and to help students build life skills.

For more information about the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® program or to nominate a teacher, visit www.SymetraHeroes.com/Seahawks.

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