Congratulations to Deer Park High School teacher Kelli Demarest for receiving the “Teacher of the Month” honor from Eastern Washington University and KHQ-TV. Alongside a representative of Eastern Washington University’s Education Dept., KHQ news anchors Dan Kleckner and Stephanie Vigil recently made the trip to DPHS to present the award to Mrs. Demarest in an all-school assembly.
The EWU/KHQ Teacher of the Month program is simple in design: students write letters to Eastern Washington University’s Education Department sharing why a particular teacher is outstanding and deserving of the award. The simple act of writing a personal letter is also what makes the award such an honor – it’s the students that interact with teachers on a daily basis who are directly involved in nominating deserving teachers, sharing why a particular teacher has made a difference in their life.
Kari Attridge, a senior at DPHS, wrote a wonderful letter nominating Mrs. Demarest for being a phenomenal teacher who always goes the extra mile for her students. In addition to being a “dedicated and determined teacher,” Kari goes on to describe Mrs. Demarest as being a kind person who makes her students feel important and puts the needs of her students before her own needs. As Kari said so well, “A teacher that does that and cares that much for a student body truly needs to be known.” We agree, Kari!
After a successful career in the world of business (as a CPA) Mrs. Demarest made the decision to impact the lives of young people by choosing to pursue a career in education. She has worked in the Career and Technical Education Dept. at Deer Park High School for 12 years, making a difference in the lives of many, many students. In addition to her work in the classroom, Mrs. Demarest also works alongside Mrs. Amy Bachman to lead Deer Park High School’s “Link Crew” program – a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. The program is built on the belief that students can help other students succeed in school – this work Mrs. Demarest is passionate about and the program has made a difference at Deer Park High School!
Mrs. Demarest is respected by all her colleagues and is an amazing asset to Deer Park High School! A special thanks to Kari Attridge for taking the time to write a wonderful letter nominating Mrs. Demarest. Way to go Kelli!!