LFP teacher to be honored as Hero in the Classroom

Sunday, December 18, 2011

From left, Seattle Seahawks tight end Cameron Morrah, Lake Forest Park teacher Marybeth Scherf, and Tom Marra, president and CEO of Symetra Financial.

Marybeth Scherf, sixth grade teacher at Lake Forest Park Elementary, will be honored as the December 24, 2011 Shoreline School District recipient of the Heroes in the Classroom award sponsored by the Seattle Seahawks and Symetra Financial.

Marybeth was surprised with the award at an assembly at the school Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Joining her at the event were Seahawks tight end Cameron Morrah, Symetra Financial president and chief executive officer Tom Marra, School Board President Debi Ehrlichman and director Dick Nicholson, and Superintendent Sue Walker.

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is a community program that recognizes Shoreline, Renton and Seattle teachers for outstanding leadership and instructional skills during the Seattle Seahawks season. Marybeth is the ninth Shoreline teacher to be honored this season, joining Jennifer Etter (Shorecrest), Therese Russell (Brookside), Anne Marie Culver (Kellogg), Ali Airhart (Syre), Diana Dillard (Shorewood), Kay Law (Ridgecrest), Tracy Andersen (Meridian Park) and Michael Callahan (Room Nine Community School).

Marybeth has taught at Lake Forest Park since 1993 and received her National Board Certification this year. She will be recognized at the Seahawks' final home game against the San Francisco 49ers and will receive a team jacket, two tickets to the game and on-field passes, and a $350 Office Max gift card for classroom supplies.

Marybeth was nominated by a colleague, who wrote in part: "She lights the fire for learning in students. She truly believes in their abilities and helps students to have the confidence to follow their dreams and achieve anything! Former students come back often to visit Mrs. Scherf to thank her for believing in them and setting them up for success later in life. She is a true gift to education."

In addition to the awards before each home game, Symetra and the Seahawks will make a $10,000 “MVP Award” to three participating schools following the 2011 season. Funds will be designated to support a specific student achievement program at each school.


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