Because of You Awards: February 26, 2019

Posted by Ashley Rickard on 2/27/2019 10:30:00 AM

Caitlin Boline

We would like to recognize Caitlin Boline, principal at Totem Middle School.

A student said one of her favorite memories is from leadership camp. When the group had to create a play Ms. Boline suggested restorative practices as a theme, and the scholars recreated the “Lean on Me” song. Because of you, a scholar says she is learning how to become a great leader!

Caitlin Boline


Jeff Chang

We would like to recognize Jeff Chang, Band Director at Decatur High School.

A student shared Mr. Chang has involved the band in many musical and cultural experiences. She said her favorite memory is when Mr. Chang took a group to Central Washington University’s Wind Festival, where they performed with some of the best high school bands in Washington. Because of you, a scholar says her life is enriched with music of high caliber and opportunities to excel!

Jeff Chang


Chelsea Vacanti

We would like to recognize Chelsea Vacanti, teacher at Federal Way High School.

One student shared Ms. Vacanti helped him learn to like reading. Another student shared Ms. Vacanti helps him want to improve in school. A third student shared Ms. Vacanti never gave up on him, which helped him to succeed in all of his classes. Because of you, these scholars say they are excited about learning at school!

chelsea vacanti


Pam Ashe

We would like to recognize Pam Ashe, teacher at Federal Way High School.

One student shared his appreciation for Ms. Ashe teaching him life lessons like how to pay bills, rent, and handle money and checks. Another student shared Ms. Ashe creates a great learning environment, and as a result his grades have improved. A third student shared Ms. Ashe is welcoming as well as serious, and she feels respected. Because of you, these scholars say they are thriving at school!

pam ashe


Ryan McKenna

We would like to recognize Ryan McKenna, Security Officer at Federal Way High School.

A scholar shared when she first arrived at Federal Way High School, she didn’t know anyone. Mr. McKenna helped her to feel welcomed, and now she is glad she gets to talks to him every day, about anything. Because of you, this student says she feels safe and cared about at school!

Ryan McKenna


Will Smith

We would like to recognize Will Smith, AFJROTC Instructor at Federal Way High School.

A scholar shared Sgt. Smith is very dedicated, and takes time out of his day to give the class many opportunities to learn and grow. She states that Sgt. Smith has taught them to be good leaders and to have discipline. This scholar appreciates that Sgt. Smith gives the class a place to laugh and a family to love. Because of you, a student says she has found a place to belong!

Will Smith