Five Shoreline Public Schools teachers among 2012 honorees at CenturyLink Field celebrations

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Shoreline Public Schools’ 2012 Heroes in the Classroom standing in front of their personalized locker in the Seattle Seahawks locker room (left to right)Lori Henry, Kellogg Middle School; Frank Kleyn, Highland Terrace Elementary School; Damon Oliveto, Shorewood High School; Laurie Pearson, Lake Forest Park Elementary School; and Mary Thurber, Einstein Middle School. Photo by Larry Gill.


On Friday afternoon, May 24, 2013, Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored the 24 Puget Sound-area teachers who were recognized as Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® during the 2012 NFL season, at a special celebration at CenturyLink Field. 

Among the 2012 honorees were five Shoreline Public Schools teachers:

  • Mary Thurber — Einstein Middle School
  • Damon Oliveto — Shorewood High School
  • Frank Kleyn — Highland Terrace Elementary School
  • Lori Henry — Kellogg Middle School
  • Laurie Pearson — Lake Forest Park Elementary School

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 Shoreline School District Superintendent Sue Walker.

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.

Kellogg Middle School Lori Henry
with Seahawk Russell Okung
Photo by Larry Gill

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.

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.



Photo (left to right) Lori Henry, Kellogg Middle School and 2012 Symetra Hero in the Classroom recipient; Frank Kleyn, Highland Terrace Elementary School and 2012 Symetra Hero in the Classroom recipient; Mike Van Orden, Highland Terrace Elementary School principal; Damon Oliveto, Shorewood High School and 2012 Symetra Hero in the Classroom recipient; Laurie Pearson, Lake Forest Park Elementary School and 2012 Symetra Hero in the Classroom recipient; Bill Dunbar, Shorewood High School principal; Aimee Miner, Lake Forest Park Elementary School principal; Mary Thurber, Einstein Middle School and 2012 Symetra Hero in the Classroom recipient; Stephanie Clark, Einstein Middle School principal; Sue Walker, superintendent, Shoreline Public Schools. Photo by Larry Gill.

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.

More information about the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program and how to nominate a teacher, 


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