Meridian Park Elementary School Teacher Honored as ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom’

Sunday, November 2, 2014

John Herold, Kindergarten instructor
Meridian Park Elementary
honored as Hero in the Classroom

Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored Meridian Park Elementary School teacher John Herold as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” on Oct. 24, 2014 during a surprise outdoor assembly. Herold is a Kindergarten instructor.

“John Herold is a perfect example of a teacher that leaves a lasting impression on his students. He not only challenges students to be responsible, respectful kindergarteners, he also makes learning the most exciting thing in the whole wide world for them,” said Ann Yee, a Meridian Park Elementary School parent.  
“All three of my children have had Mr. Herold as their Kindergarten teacher, and my older children still remember all of the positive comments he made. 
"He has a way of making each and every five-year-old in his classroom feel like a superstar.” Yee nominated Herold for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.

“Mr. Herold hosts family evening events for the kindergartners throughout the year, creating a casual atmosphere for all the families to get to know one another. This is so important for parents as well as students since these families will be a part of each others’ lives for the next few years,” said Yee. “He has certainly played an important role in my family’s life these last seven years!”

From left: Symetra Communications Director Mike DiGioia;
John Herold; John Pleas, Corporate Partnerships, Seattle Seahawks.

Herold is one of 16 K–12 teachers across the Puget Sound area that will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during the 2014 NFL season. Teachers are recognized in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations, and they receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.

In addition, they receive tickets to a Seahawks home game and are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field. Herold was recognized at the Nov. 2 game when the Seahawks took on the Oakland Raiders.

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 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is available here.


Anonymous,  November 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM  

I wish the $1000 went directly to Mr. Herold! This would go a long way toward compensating him for the volunteer hours worked and out of pocket expenses he and all his colleagues incur every year without the benefit of a COLA. I wish the state had a "program" to recognize these exceptional educators. GO HAWKS!

Hen,  November 3, 2014 at 10:39 PM  

Wonderful news. Couldn't agree more with every quote in the article.

Anonymous,  November 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM  

My husband and I often comment that we feel so lucky that two out of our 3 children had Mr Herold in Kindergarten. We were very impressed with his way of communicating with children and also their parents! A well deserved award.

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