Loyal Heights teacher recognized as a ‘Hero in the Classroom’

Loyal Heights Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Magnusson was recently recognized for her outstanding teaching. She’s been selected as one of 24 “Symetra Heroes in the Classroom” during the 2012 NFL season, and was honored at a special celebration at Century Link Field.

Photo by Larry Gill

Magnusson was celebrated with the other teachers during a luncheon at the Coach’s Loft at the stadium. After the lunch, the teachers received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. As part of the recognition, the teachers were surprised with a customized locker in the Seahawks locker room. Each teacher’s locker featured a nameplate, and inside were plaques commemorating the awards and a May 24 edition of the Seattle Times which featured an ad saluting the 24 recipients.

Present at the recognition was Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, who joined the teachers in the locker room where he shared a personal story about his fourth grade teachers Mrs. Howell and Mrs. Cook. “Those two teachers, they believed in me,” he said, according to a release about the event. “They took me aside and they took that extra step to get me right. They had a level of belief in me that I didn’t have in myself. The patience they showed in me paid off.”

The Symetra Heroes in the Classroom awards have been given out since 2006 in the Puget Sound Area. Each teacher received a $350 gift card to Office Max for classroom supplies and tickets to a Seahawks home game. Symetra also makes a $1,000 donation to each teacher’s school. To learn more about the awards or to nominate a teacher, click here.

Congrats to Patricia Magnusson for receiving this special award!

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