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Symetra, Seattle Seahawks honor Mercer Island High School teacher
Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored Mercer Island High School teacher Jan Sayers as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” during a classroom presentation Dec. 6 at Mercer Island High School. Sayers, who teaches English, Applied-Technical Communications and Business Law, was recognized in front of her students and peers at a surprise, in-school presentation. She received a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.
“Ms. Sayers is a dedicated teacher who cares deeply about each of her students,” said MIHS Principal Vicki Puckett in a press release. “She not only teaches them pertinent knowledge for their future beyond school but she also teaches them life lessons and what matters most in life. She is most deserving and I applaud Ms. Sayers for receiving this special honor.”
Sayers is one of 16 K–12 teachers in the Puget Sound area who will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during the 2013 NFL season. Sayers will be recognized at the Dec. 22 Seahawks game when the Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals.
Bobbie Stern, a grandparent of several of Sayers’ students, nominated Sayers for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.
“Four of my grandchildren have had Jan as their honors English teacher at Mercer Island High School, and her extraordinary influence has affected them academically as well as personally,” said Stern in the release. “My grandson was inspired by Jan's Business Law class, where she brought in a variety of speakers that opened his mind to opportunities in law and business. With her passion for teaching and learning, Jan has a remarkable ability to empower her students to rise above their own expectations by lovingly inspiring them to achieve success.”