Kennedy Catholic High Teacher Judith McDonald receives Excellence Award

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Judith McDonald, a teacher at Kennedy Catholic High School, recently received The Evergreen State College 2013 Teacher Excellence Award.

This award honors teachers who have had a significant impact on the lives of their students. Each year Evergreen invites incoming students to nominate educators that have made the biggest difference in their education for recognition.

McDonald was nominated by former student Monica Webster, who praised McDonald for her compassion and support, both in and out of the classroom:

“Mrs. McDonald understood me more than any other teacher at Kennedy. She helped a lot with settling in at high school and was always there when I needed her, even when I didn’t have her teaching one of my classes,” Monica wrote in her nomination. She noted how McDonald took time to listen even when she was busy. “I could always go and talk to her. I will never forget that.”

“We hope that the recognition we give these teachers will inspire them and others to continue to motivate students to become their best selves,” said Michael Zimmerman, Evergreen’s vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Students coming to Evergreen have already been influenced by extraordinary teaching. This award gives us a chance to honor and value these contributions to our students’ growth.”

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2 Responses to “Kennedy Catholic High Teacher Judith McDonald receives Excellence Award”
  1. Sarah says:

    She totally deserves this award! One of the most considerate, sweetest teachers ever!

  2. Name (required) says:

    While on the topic of Burien education, why did the Highline high school graduation rate drop from 72% in 2010 to 65.8% in 2013?

    Stated in the 2010 Report Card, the graduation goal set for 2013 was 80%.

    How do you expect to “turn Burien around” when the Burien school system rates at the BOTTOM 20% of Washington State schools?

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