Thursday, March 22, 2018

Inspirational Area VII King County Breakfast

It's March...the first days of Spring are supposed to usher in lovely weather, flowers blooming and green grass! But on Friday, March 9, snow was once again in the forecast for the mountain passes, so rather than drive myself, I decided to hop on the Greyhound bus and enjoy the ride to Seattle. Interesting adventure! Upon my arrival in Seattle, I transferred from the Greyhound bus, to the light rail, to a Seattle transit bus, to finally reach my destination at Northgate where my "hostess with the mostest," Garrel Lindberg, (Alpha Nu Chapter) picked me up in her new little Ruby Red Rav. She took great care of me during my weekend stay. Her husband Carl served as our weekend chef extraordinaire and fed us in style!

Bright and early Saturday morning as I sipped my cup of coffee and gazed out the window overlooking the shoreline, the sunshine welcomed me to the new day. Garrel and I loaded up the primrose table decorations for the annual Area VII King County Breakfast held at the Seattle tennis club. What a beautiful venue! Six chapters were represented: Beta, Rho, Alpha Delta, Alpha Nu, Beta Beta, and Beta Sigma. It is always a great time for fellowship with these dynamic women. I had the opportunity to speak about the highlights of our upcoming state convention April 27-28 at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia.
Beta Sigma Chapter President Monique Manuel (center) greeted the state executive committee guests.

I was so impressed with the caliber of programs discussed at this event and very inspired by the three guest presenters. I learned so much about the wonderful opportunities for incoming new educators and mentors in the Seattle Public Schools.
Guest speaker Lisa Chick, CEO of the Alliance for Education, passionately explained the mission of this dynamic program " ensure every child in Seattle Public Schools is prepared for success in college, career and life..." and " eliminate achievement gaps between student groups, which exist primarily along the lines of race, income and ethnicity."

Since public education is the cornerstone of democracy, the program is dedicated to helping build and sustain a successful, innovative, joyful school system of which Seattleites can be proud. After more than 20 years, it remains committed to strengthening the community, economy, and democracy through high quality public education. ( 
As a result of the Alliance for Education's commitment, a partnership with the Seattle Teacher Residency program was developed in 2012, along with Seattle Public Schools, the University of Washington and Seattle Education Association. Program Director Marisa Bier described how the Residency program applies the medical residency model to teacher preparation by blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned graduate level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership, residencies aim to accelerate student achievement through the training, support and retention of excellent teachers.  (For more information: 

Herman, an immigrant from El Salvador, a recipient of the STR and a first-year elementary teacher working in a challenging low-income school environment, provided us with his emotional teaching experience and expressed his deep gratitude for the Residency program for preparing him so well. This young educator is social justice driven and advocates for his students while striving to truly make a difference in their lives. He is helping them to write a positive chapter in their book of life. The experienced mentors in the STR program provide integral support for the new teachers.

Melanie Olsen (far left) wrote a cute script honoring our 12 DKG Founders and we ended the breakfast with singing the traditional DKG song.

All in all, a delightful and enlightening morning...What a treat! 

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