By Assunta Ng
Former educator Carol Simmons knows how to express gratitude.
She expresses it when you can make her proud. One gift students can give to Carol is when she is able to brag about your success, not hers, in front of 500 people.
In Carol’s acceptance speech for the UW Dr. Sam Kelly award, she read a list of the names of her former students. What an impressive list!
Some of them were former Seattle City Councilman David Della, former Sen. Claudia Kauffman, Seattle Public School Board member Betty Patu, UW professor Connie So, and King County Executive Dow Constantine.
So that’s the educator’s reward—knowing her students are making a difference.
Many of them were present at the award ceremony. And the feeling of pride was shared between both teacher and students. (end)