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Mount Si PTSA Awards 2013 Outstanding Educator

Congratulations to Mount Si High school teacher Karen Schotzko, who oversees the district’s English Language Learners (ELL) program. The high school’s PTSA recently awarded Schotzko the Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator award!

 Karen Schotzko

The PTSA shared why she is receiving this honor in the following message…

“Ms. Karen Schotzko is the person who we have chosen as Outstanding Educator at Mount Si High School.  She is energetic, innovative, and cares deeply about the students, working with them to ensure graduation.  She has been in her current position at MSHS for 4 years and spends time at other schools in the district, including Two Rivers.

Ms. Schotzko has gone above and beyond in her dedication to serving the ELL students at Mount Si. She not only helps them with the English language, but also works on making sure that they are successful in all of their classes. She works with the other teachers to ensure that the special needs of these kids are met and provides guidance to her colleagues in how learning with English as a second language affects their overall studies.

Ms. Schotzko not only focuses on getting them up to speed in English, but she closely monitors their every step to help guide them through this difficult task of starting school in a new country. She also keeps up good communication with the parents and for those children who have parents whose English skills are in need of assistance she dedicates her time helping those parents. Ms. Schotzko is a fantastic example of what being an educator is all about by touching the lives of students and making an impact.

Karen is one of those teachers that goes out of her way to make sure each of her students succeed. She stays after school to help her kids, she opens up her classroom to help parents learn English. She does this as she knows that students who have supporting parents are more successful at school. She is constantly researching curriculum to make sure she has the latest material
available for her students.     

As the ELL Coordinator for the district, Ms. Schotzko organizes and arranges ELL staffing for the district, writes grants, and does a lot of
"behind-the-scenes" work.  She is a SIOP Program Trainer and a TILT for the district.  She set up the Community Language Center to help parents who have students in the district with language skills.

Thank you for all you do for the students at Mount Si and throughout the district.  Join us in congratulating Karen Schotzko!”