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February 18, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Why I Teach: Join us for an inspiring evening of storytelling

Ryan Reilly, a third-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary in Seattle, leads students through a reading exercise in 2013. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Ryan Reilly, a third-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary in Seattle, leads students through a reading exercise in 2013. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Why teach? Educators today are under more pressure than ever before. Standards are changing, schools are growing, and the pay isn’t getting any better. Even so, talented and passionate individuals are still pursuing the profession, and veteran educators continue their work despite all the challenges.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 25, The Seattle Times – Education Lab, in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education and 88.5 KPLU, will present a teacher storytelling event on the University of  Washington campus in Seattle.

The evening begins with an informal welcome reception with light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. outside Kane Hall room 220. Storytelling starts inside the auditorium at 7 p.m.

The program will be the third storytelling event organized by Education Lab. The first two events focused on students who had overcome obstacles to get to college. This time, five local teachers will share short personal stories about what led them to education, and what’s kept them going.

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September 23, 2014 at 5:00 AM

State’s top educator aims to energize teacher recruitment

Lyon Terry reacts to being named Washington state's Teacher of the Year. Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times.

Lyon Terry reacts to being named Washington state’s Teacher of the Year. Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times.

A familiar storyline for teachers is that the newest are brimming with idealism, the more seasoned struggling not to burn out. But after nine years on the job at Lawton Elementary School in Seattle, Lyon Terry’s combination of energy and experience were notable enough that last spring a parent nominated him to be Washington state’s Teacher of the Year.

Monday, while sitting on stage with eight other finalists at EMP Museum, he learned that he had won.

“I was not expecting this,” said the visibly moved fourth-grade teacher, his voice breaking, as he accepted the award.

A statewide selection committee of parents and educators cited Terry’s classroom balance between intellectual conversation and hands-on experimentation “with just a bit of guitar thrown into the mix” — nodding to the teacher’s penchant for sometimes bursting out in song.

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