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Opstad Teacher Honored as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom

Opstad Elementary teacher Chris Harting was honored by Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks as a “Hero in the Classroom” during a special school assembly on December 3, 2019. Harting is a K-5 Coding instructor at Opstad Elementary School in North Bend, Washington.


Chris Harting win a Hero in the Classroom award


Harting is one of 16 teachers, selected from K-12 schools throughout the Puget Sound area, who will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® program during the 2019 NFL season. Each honoree is recognized in front of their students and peers at a surprise in-school presentation, and awarded a $2,000 donation from Symetra for classroom materials. Teachers also receive a custom NFL jersey and tickets to a Seahawks home game, where they enjoy a pre-game sideline experience and are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field.  


Watch for Harting and the other 2019 Heroes in the Classroom on the jumbotron during second quarter at the December 22 game, when the Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals!


“Chris Harting is an inspiring teacher that brings fun and excitement into each and every class. He has embraced Opstad’s new specialist class of coding, which is just entering its second year at our school, and created a wonderful learning environment,” said parent Lisa Graham. “Most recently a third-grade teacher, Chris has crafted the coding class from the ground up. He continues to drive our school forward with this new learning curriculum, inspiring and engaging his students in different ways. For example, you will never go a day without seeing Chris make his kids laugh. It’s just one reason his students have fun in the classroom and look forward to their time there.” Graham nominated Harting for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.


The Harting Family celebrates their hero.


Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, students or students’ parents. Honorees 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.


Each of the local 16 schools with a 2019 teacher-hero is eligible to apply for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom MVP Award, a $20,000 grant in support of innovative student programming. Proposals will go out to eligible schools in early 2020 and the winning submission will be announced at a springtime event at CenturyLink Field for the Heroes, their principals and school district leadership.


For more information about the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program or to nominate a teacher, visit


About Symetra Heroes in the Classroom®

Since 2006, the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program has honored over 600 K-12 teachers nationwide, including 270 Puget Sound-area teachers, for educational excellence during the NFL regular season. In addition, Symetra has contributed more than $1 million for schoolbooks, equipment and programming.
Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit


The surprise assembly

Congratulations Mr. Harting!