Why teach? Educators today are under more pressure than ever before. Standards are changing, schools are growing, and the pay isn’t getting any better. Even so, talented and passionate individuals are still pursuing the profession, and veteran educators continue their work despite all the challenges.

The University of Washington College of Education, Seattle Times and 88.5 KPLU will present a teacher storytelling event on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Kane Hall 220 on the UW campus.

Among the local teachers sharing their personal stories is Marquita Prinzing, who graduated from the College's Elementary Teacher Education Program in 2010 and is a National Board Certified fourth-grade teacher at Dearborn Park International School in South Seattle. She is a product of Washington state schools and is in her sixth year of teaching.

Prinzing is passionate about empowering students, families and communities to work together to make access to opportunities more equitable for our diverse population. One way she does this is by serving on the board of the League of Education Voters.

Other storytellers are Britt Harris, who has taught middle and high school English in the Shoreline School District since 1990 and earned her bachelor's degree in English from UW; Kristin Leong, a teacher leader with the Puget Sound Educational Service District who teaches middle-school humanities at the International School in Bellevue; Mario Penalver, a drama and language-arts teacher for Tacoma Public Schools who currently teaches at Truman Middle School; and Andrea Soroko, an English language-arts teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle, where she serves on the assessment committee and the Creative Advantage Arts Team. Read more about the storytellers at The Seattle Times – Education Lab.

Serving as emcee for the event is Lyon Terry, the 2015 Washington state teacher of the year. He teaches fourth-grade at Lawton Elementary in Seattle, where he has served in several leadership roles.

Audience members will also have a chance to share their own insights on the rewards and challenges of being a teacher, and a short Q&A session will follow the main program.

The evening begins with an informal welcome reception with light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. outside Kane Hall Room 220.

Admission is free, but you must register in advance. Questions? Contact community engagement editor Caitlin Moran at 206-464-3226 or cmoran@seattletimes.com.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director for Marketing and Communications

206-543-1035, dwunder@uw.edu