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Frank Kleyn of Highland Terrace chosen as Symetra Hero in the Classroom

Kleyn joined the Highland Terrace staff in 1999 and became the school’s teacher-librarian in 2002

Frank Kleyn, teacher-librarian at Highland Terrace Elementary in Shoreline, has been selected as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom. Frank was surprised with the award, presented by Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks, at a school assembly.

“What sets Frank Kleyn a part as a librarian is his undying dedication toward seeing that every kid in our school finds a book that they like to read,” wrote a colleague in nominating him for the award. “He uses a great sense of humor, many colorful displays, an amazing Book Fair, and many other ways to hook kids into reading.”

He uses his own time to run the Global Reading Challenge program at Highland Terrace, in which teams of kids read the same books and then compete in a "Knowledge Bowl/Jeopardy" type format answering questions about the books they read.

“Mr. Kleyn also has created an incredible website that allows kids, parents, and teachers to easily access all the materials our Highland Terrace library has to offer,” his nomination read.

Kleyn joined the Highland Terrace staff in 1999 and became the school’s teacher-librarian in 2002.

Twenty-four King County area teachers will be selected as 2012 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom for their outstanding leadership and instruction. Kleyn will receive two tickets to a Seattle Seahawks home game, a VIP sideline experience at CenturyLink Field, $350 for classroom supplies, as well as recognition at school and on field during game day. In addition, Highland Terrace received a check for $1,000 to benefit school programs.

Hero selection is based on a teacher's ability to balance the core curriculum with students' individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students' long-term success.

For more information and to nominate a teacher today, visit the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Web site.

Source: Shoreline School District.

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