By Kate Williams
After her first year in the Eatonville School District, and only second year of teaching, students chose band teacher Elise Rodrigues ’15 as the Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Elise is a recent Music Education graduate from PLU and described by her mentors as an all-around excellent musician, teacher, and person.
Each year the Ohop Grange in Eatonville asks for nominations from students for the Teacher of the Year Award. They have hosted and presented this award since 2006.
Some of the comments students provided in their nominations included:
“She dedicates her time to staying after school….to help kids get better at playing their instruments.”
“She is an all-around amazing teacher and I’m excited to spend the upcoming years in band with her.”
“She makes me want to come to school, and is super fun to be around.”
Superintendent Bahr stated, “Ms. Rodrigues has been an excellent addition to Eatonville School District. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing, positive music teacher. I am so proud of her dedication to the students and community.”