Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

Thank You Grout Elementary Teachers and Support Staff!

Teacher Appreciation Week feels particularly special this year. We would like to honor every single one of you for completely shifting gears and ramping up skills to teach our kids over the internet. We recognize this is not easy on top of taking care of your own families and staying sane while stuck inside.

While we are sad we cannot express our gratitude in person, we feel awakened with gratitude. It is a gratitude that soars high and stretches wide. We now understand far more vividly that to teach, support and motivate a student whether in the classroom or online takes a village of beautiful, compassionate and patient individuals.

You are the heart of Grout. On behalf of your students, parents, guardians and your Grout PTA—from the bottom of our hearts—we thank you.

Principal & Incoming Principal

“Not all superheroes wear capes, some having teaching degrees.” – Unknown Author


Our Kind Kindergarten Teachers

 “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” – Carl Jung


Our Fabulous First Grade Teachers

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai


Our Smart Second Grade Teachers

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry Love


Our Thinking Third Grade Teachers

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” – Unknown Author


Our Fantastic Fourth Grade Teachers

“A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk


Our Fun Fifth Grade Teachers

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward


Specialists & Support Staff

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” –  Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers)

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” – Unknown Author

Additional Staff We’d Like to Thank!

Ruthie Finnigan, 3-5 CB
Adie Davenport, Headstart
Lissa Feldman, Headstart
Michael Wehrli, Drama
Diane Newton-Prior
Kathy Arellano, Headstart Comm. Agent
Lynn Preble, Librarian (M, Tu, W)

Mary Williams, Occupational Therapist
Bryan Schalk, Physical Education (M)
Elizabeth Israel-Davis, Reading Specialist
Sean Ahern, Resource Room Teacher
Tyler Riggs, Resource Room Teacher (W,Th, F)
Paige Pepperwood, School Psychologist (M,W,F)
Kristi Mowe, Speech – Language Pathologist
Tina Brooks, Speech – Language Pathologist (T,W)
Maria Carpenter
Gwen Welch
Emelia Alvarado
Kathy Arellano
Donna Webb Cafeteria Lead
Jacob Thompson, Custodian
Dan Dowell Custodian Lead
Junko Otsu Headstart EA Rm A
CatDang Vu Headstart EA Rm D
Laura Vickery KG EA Rm 112
Anne Wilson, KG EA Rm B
Sophie Collins KG EA Rm C
Linda Mendel, Para Rm 103
Reginal Cole, Para Rm 110
Barbara KeysPara/CB Rm 101
Devin Gallagher, Para/CB Rm 101
Nora Burke,Para/CB Rm 101
Bill Atkinson, Para/CB Rm 207
Erica Williams, Para/CB Rm 207
Shyla Osborn, Para/CB Rm 207
Sky Yonally, School Health Assistant
Shannon Schupp, School Nurse

Join us as we celebrate these amazing folks this week!