Mount Si High School language arts teacher Toni Canady received a Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award by Symetra Financial Corporation and the Seattle Seahawks, during a surprise classroom presentation Oct. 31.
Canady is one of 16 teachers across the Puget Sound area to be honored this year for K-12 educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® program during the 2017 NFL season. She was selected from among nearly 400 nominations submitted this year to the awards program.
Nominees each receive a $2,000 donation for classroom books and supplies, plus two tickets to a Seahawks home game, a pre-game VIP sideline experience, a custom jersey and they are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field. Canady was honored at the Nov. 5 game.
“Toni Canady works primarily with at-risk youth, but she offers structure, guidance, love, concern, friendship and compassion to every Mount Si student, whether they are in her class or not,” said colleague Eric Mitchell, who nominated her.
Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, a student, or a 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.