Teacher at West Seattle Elementary School Wins School Supply Gift
Davis Law Group, P.S., a Seattle-based law firm, in partnership with OfficeMax, is pleased to announce that Deborah Helgeson is a recipient of the Davis Law Group School Supplies Gift Program. Ms. Helgeson is a 3rd grade teacher at West Seattle Elementary School.
Ms. Helgeson was nominated by her colleague Diane Stuart and Principal Vicki Sacco.
“What makes Deb Helgeson extraordinary is love,” Stuart said. “Each year she builds such a community of support, compassion, encouragement and self-esteem into her students, and uses this as the foundation for improving learning skills in her students.”
The majority of Ms. Helgeson’s students are from low income families and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Despite their differences, Ms. Helgeson creates magic in her classroom through respect and appreciation for one another. She encourages her children to be supportive and proud of one another in order to create a loving environment.
“This classroom environment isn’t just a lucky accident,” Sacco said. “It comes from her love for her students, her high expectations for them and for herself; as well as modeling respect.”
Ms. Helgeson is one of two third grade teachers at West Seattle Elementary whose students demonstrated the highest achievement in reading and math, as well as in overall district growth.
Not only does Ms. Helgeson encourage her students, she also helps new teachers by helping them use new strategies that increase learning and build strong classroom communities.
“I have the privilege of working with the strongest team of educators I have ever seen, but Deb Helgeson is the quiet, unassuming, self-effacing standout,” Stuart said.
Ms. Helgeson spends several hundreds of dollars each year to purchase books and classroom supplies.
Every summer she challenges her students to complete a reading assignment. The students, who meet their summer goal, are rewarded with a brunch at the Space Needle.
Davis Law Group is honored to award such a deserving teacher. Ms. Helgeson is an example of one of Washington State’s top educators.