Pictured from left to right: Paige Burson, Superintendent Dr. Campbell, Kasey Solar and Dana Piehl. Burson, Solar and Piehl are teachers at Sequoyah Middle School. Courtesy photo

Pictured from left to right: Paige Burson, Superintendent Dr. Campbell, Kasey Solar and Dana Piehl. Burson, Solar and Piehl are teachers at Sequoyah Middle School. Courtesy photo

FWPS celebrates new teachers

Federal Way Public Schools hosted its first New to FWPS Teacher Breakfast on Aug. 22. This event provided teachers who are new to the district with a warm welcome and an opportunity to connect with fellow school and classroom leaders before the school year begins.

Principals, administrators and community members were in attendance in support of the new teachers. Attendees were greeted by a musical performance led by Decatur High School Jazz Band Director Jeff Chang, educator Nick Wees, and students Tyus Stanley and Gavin Wilson.

Superintendent Tammy Campbell shared a poem by John Schlatter to inspire teachers and help them remember that “a teacher knows that if he builds with love and truth, what he builds will last forever.”

Thomas Jefferson High School student Allen Tugade delivered a powerful speech about the true heroes in his life — his teachers. He shared how they are needed now, more than ever, to make a difference in the lives of Federal Way students just like him. Chris McCrummen, principal of Olympic View Elementary; Shannon McCann, president of the Federal Way Education Association (FWEA); and Rebecca Martin, CEO and president of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce also shared words of encouragement to welcome the new teachers.

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