Hazen educator receives honor

April 3, 2014

By Staff

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The Renton School Board recognized Hazen High School educator Josh Viles as one of the district’s top employees at its March 26 meetings.

Viles, who leads the Hazen music department, was one of five district staff members to receive an Outstanding Employee Award.

Josh Viles

Josh Viles

The board has presented the awards for more than 30 years to recognize staff who demonstrate an extraordinary level of job performance, support of students, professionalism and dedication.

Enrollment in Hazen music programs has increased since Viles joined the staff in 2004. His award-winning choirs have also become a source of pride for the school. Under his direction, Hazen music students have garnered 15 regional championships and five state championships.

Passion for Hazen’s choir programs is at an all-time high, as evidenced by the high student turnout, many of which are boys. It isn’t generally easy to coax boys to join their high school choir, but Viles said last year he doesn’t have to try hard at all to get them to join the class.

“The kids are just ready to go,” Viles said. “There’s just an enthusiasm and energy behind the whole music department, in general.”


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