Hazelwood instructor honored as rotary teacher of the month
June 5, 2008
By Jim Feehan
There’s never a dull moment teaching at the elementary school level, according to Kay Moilanen, a fifth-grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School.
“I love interacting with the students,” she said. “The nice thing at an elementary school is you get to teach everything.”
The Renton Rotary Club recently honored Moilanen as a teacher of the month.
As part of the recognition, she received $200 to be used for classroom supplies or instructional materials.
The money will be used to charter a bus for a daylong field trip to the Pacific Science Center.
“I think it’s commendable that the Rotary Club recognizes teachers in our community,” she said.
Moilanen has taught at Hazelwood for six years. She has been a teacher in the Renton School District for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in French and a K-12 certificate with an endorsement in elementary education from the University of Washington.
Linda Morasch, of Newcastle, a parent of two Hazelwood students, said Moilanen is friendly and helpful to students and parents alike.
“She’s always willing to go out of her way to help her students,” Morasch said. “In seeing her at school, it’s obvious that her class respects her.”
Moilanen is an awesome teacher, Hazelwood Principal Cindy Addis said.
“She makes learning come alive in the classroom,” Addis said. “She’s all about instruction and ensuring that her students become lifelong learners.”