Kindergarten Teacher at Eastgate Elementary School Receives Award

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Teacher at Eastgate Elementary Wins Supply Gift

Davis Law Group, P.S.
, a Seattle-based law firm, in partnership with OfficeMax, is pleased to announce that Kelye Kneeland is a recipient of the Davis Law Group School Supplies Gift Program. Ms. Kelye is a kindergarten teacher at Eastgate Elementary School.

Ms. Kelye embodies her profession by participating in many extracurricular activities with her students. She organizes activities before and after school, as well as weekend play dates. She also participated in the school’s science fair with her own project.

Golden Apple Award WinnerMs. Kelye was nominated by her student’s parent, who describes her as a “one in a million” type of teacher.

“She is always extending herself well beyond the scope of her job,” Deb Grover said. “Her work day extends far beyond the time defined by the school timesheet.”

Along with teaching literacy, math and science to her kindergartners, Ms. Kelye also incorporates music into her curriculum by playing the harpsichord.

Ms. Kelye went well beyond her teaching duties by personally paying to attend a blind education conference. Even though she would be financially responsible for her attendance, Ms. Kelye did not hesitate. She jumped on the opportunity to learn how to properly assist a child with this disability, after learning one of her incoming students was blind. She paid $600 for the conference – not including transportation and lodging.

Ms. Kelye spends more than $400 each year. Aside from her own classroom, she also purchases supplies for other teachers.

“Ms. Kelye is known for purchasing supplies for other classrooms with a ‘pay it forward’ mentality,” Grover said. “She has made many teacher’s days a bit brighter by showing up with colored pencils, writing books, and protractors for their classrooms – just because she thought of them when she was at the store.”

My. Kelye plans to use the OfficeMax gift card toward replacing broken items in her classroom and art supplies.

Attorney Chris Davis and his wife started a program to help public school teachers get extra classroom supplies without having to spend their own money. The Davis Law Group School Supplies Gift Program gives a $100 OfficeMax gift card each week to a deserving Washington State Public school teacher and his/her class. Anyone can nominate a teacher for this program, teachers, and students, parents, and administrators.