Twostudent teachers honored

Published on Thu, Jun 23, 2005 by ara Nelson

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Two student teachers honored

By Tara Nelson

Two Blaine middle school student teachers recently graduated from Western Washington University with distinctions from Woodring College of Education.

Jacqui Stanley, a native of Australia and Blaine resident Heidi Kuttel, 24, were both recognized by the college of education as outstanding student teachers.

Stanley recently graduated from Western with a teaching certificate in K-12 with an emphasis in middle school and English teaching. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history from The University of Western Australia in Perth and a master of liberal arts in English from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She completed her student teaching in 2004 under the guidance of Janet Mumma, a teacher at Blaine Middle School.

“Jacqui was totally committed to the educational success of our students,” Mumma said.

Kuttel graduated with distinction from Western with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a teaching endorsement from Woodring College of Education.

Kuttel also received special recognition from Western’s history department and was also chosen as the “outstanding graduate in secondary education” for 2004-2005 from Woodring College.
Chris Friday, professor and chair of the history department, said the faculty nominates students based on grade point average and classroom performance to name a few.

“A number of faculty members spoke up in favor of her profile and we felt she was among the top 10 percent of our graduating class,” Friday said.

Kuttel attended school in Blaine from K-12. After she graduated high school she began coaching junior varsity soccer and basketball at Blaine middle and high schools.

She is currently employed as a teacher for Best Self in Burlington and has plans to teach history at Post Middle School in Arlington, WA, this fall.