Andrea Haisch is already a hero to her kindergarten students at Marvista Elementary. Now, Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks have honored Andrea as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.
Andrea is one of 16 K-12 teachers across the Puget Sound area being honored for educational excellence this year.
“Andrea Haisch helps students learn to love school. The start of kindergarten can be very difficult for some children, especially those with special needs. Andrea creates a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported and connected,” said Principal Melissa Pointer. “Ms. Haisch builds positive relationships with every student and family in her class in order to support her students and their transition to school. She works tirelessly to create individualized plans based on student needs to help each child be successful.”
Andrea was recognized at surprise in-school presentation before winter break.
"During college, Andrea was in an accident and she lost her leg," adds Melissa. "In her classroom, she uses her limb difference as a tool to teach her kindergarten students many life skills including perseverance, determination and acceptance. Her students learn from the earliest age about difference, disability, ability, and many other equity-related topics. She is bold and upfront about her prosthetic leg and helps kids to navigate complex related content that many adults still don’t know how to handle."
The honor comes with a $2,000 grant to purchase classroom books and supplies. Andrea was acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field at a recent Seahawks game.