2016 Gold Star Award Winners

Outstanding Alumnus Monique Matheson, Highline High School, Class of 1985/Nike Vice President and Chief Talent and Diversity Officer

Outstanding Alumnus, Monique Matheson, Nike, Inc. pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Outstanding Alumnus, Monique Matheson, Nike, Inc. pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Monique grew up in Ellensburg and came to Highline when her father, Kent Matheson, accepted the role of Superintendent for Highline Public Schools in 1981. While at Highline, Monique lettered ten times and played tennis, basketball and volleyball. Her women’s basketball team made it to the state tournament two out of the four years she was at Highline, but tennis was definitely her sport. She played varsity all four years, finishing 2nd in State her sophomore year and 5th and 3rd her junior and senior years. She has been inducted into the HHS Hall of Fame. Monique earned her undergraduate degree at the UW and her law degree from Indiana University’s School of Law. Monique will always be a Highline Pirate. She is an exemplary alumnus and representative of our district.

Outstanding Volunteer Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights Elementary

Outstanding Volunteer, Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Outstanding Volunteer, Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

“Jill Started at Gregory Heights in 2005 and did not delay joining PTSA. Besides serving on the GH PTSA as Membership Co-chair, Volunteer Coordinator, President, Jill started the community giving drive in 2008  that has helped many GH families over the years with clothing; She started the Round Table Family pizza night in 2010 that brings GH families together to have some fun and has raised money for the school; She started the after school Art club by finding an amazing Art Teacher that is still going strong; She was also the School Art Docent that made sure EVERY Teacher had at least one art project directed by a parent every other month; and then somehow she had time to chair and create the GH family cook book. Jill has been Chair for several programs. Even if she is not serving on the board, she is ALWAYS the go to person for never ending advice and question.” ~ Sherri Gorney/GH PTSA member

Outstanding Classified Staff Ila Hewitt, Global Connections High School, Paraeducator

Outstanding Professional Staff, Ila Hewitt, Global Connections High School pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Outstanding Professional Staff, Ila Hewitt, Global Connections High School pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

“Ila Hewitt has gone above and beyond her job description and title. She has helped develop and implement the WA-AIM testing curriculum for students in inclusive education. Linda Lambert the ILC teacher at Global who Ila works with reached out to me and offered to help me out with the WA-AIM testing for my students this year. I am a first year teacher and this was the biggest blessing to me in trying to figure out everything I have to do my first year.” ~ Tyler Ashby, HS3/ILC Teacher

Rookie Teacher of the Year Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary, Challenge, Grade 5

Rookie Teacher of the Year, Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Rookie Teacher of the Year, Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

“Meagan is a third year teacher who took right off from the start!  She is student centered, and always focused on what is best for students in everything she does.  She knows the importance of preparation and being well planned for instruction.  She has taught combination classes all three years with finesse by knowing her students well, and planning for their individual growth.  A young teacher, she works well with parents, communicating directly about what is going well, and how to support every learner in her classroom.  Parents adore her.  She receives more positive comments to the Principal than any other teacher in the school!” ~ Robin Lamoureux, Parkside Elementary, Principa

Outstanding Administrator Robin Lamoureux, Parkside Elementary/Principal

Outstanding Administrator, Robin Lamoureux, Principal, Parkside Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Outstanding Administrator, Robin Lamoureux, Principal, Parkside Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

“Engaged.  That is the word most often used to describe Robin Lamoureux, principal at Parkside Elementary School.  Her active involvement, both during the school day and at after-school events, is indicative of her commitment to students’ academic and personal success.  With a long history at Parkside, Ms. Lamoureux knows families and the greater community like few leaders I have ever seen.  Former students, many in high school now, and parents are welcomed warmly at Parkside, always greeted by a smile from Ms. Lamoureux – and often a hug.  In my brief time at Parkside, I, like many others, have seen a consistently engaged principal and one with whom I am proud to work.” ~ Steve Colmus, Parkside Elementary/Assistant Principal

Outstanding Teacher Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park Elementary, PE

Outstanding Teacher, Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

Outstanding Teacher, Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President

“Heidi is one of our “go to” elementary PE Specialists in Highline District because of her experience, dedication, and content knowledge.   Heidi has taught for 20+ years and has been at Beverly Park most of that time.  Her program is well planned and is based on best practices, content standards, student buy-in, and student recognition for success. Teaching the whole child involves many disciplines, and Heidi does an outstanding job of intertwining student health, fitness, and motor skill development for its own sake and as a foundational preparation for academic learning and student emotional development.” ~ Karen Strelow, Retired Elementary PE Specialist

 

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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