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Congratulations to Kathy Guimond
Congratulations to Kathy Guimond
Posted on 11/08/2017

Second grade teacher Kathy Guimond is described as the teacher students mention as their favorite teacher long after they have left her classroom. And that’s a lot of students — she has taught more than 1,000 children in the Puyallup School District.

Currently in her fortieth year as an educator in the Puyallup School District, she started at Wildwood Elementary in 1977 teaching pre-first and first grades. She spent the last 24 years at Hunt Elementary.

When asked what she enjoys most about teaching she said, “It’s the people — students, families, and staff. I also enjoy the creativity involved in setting up my classroom, planning and creating lessons, and delivering content in just the right way to reach each student.”

“She is as a teacher who will stop at nothing to ensure her students have what they need to be the best learner they can be. She makes a point of discovering what makes each child unique and special and then she uses that knowledge to create the perfect environment for succeeding through risk-taking and exploration. She designs lessons targeted to their needs,” said
Hunt Principal Rebecca Williams

As a long-time coach and mentor to her peers, she serves as a district mentor teacher for second grade and her lessons have been recorded and shared across the district. “At the building level, there’s not a single teacher who hasn’t been influenced or encouraged by Kathy’s practices, suggestions, and input,” said Williams.

Guimond had high praise for her peers at Hunt, saying the staff make it a special place where they support one another personally and professionally. “At Hunt we live the character trait ‘grit.’ We teach our students to never give up. My students set goals and we strive and adjust until they meet those goals. We also expect kindness and respect from all.”

In her spare time, Guimond enjoys writing and is involved in a writing group with local authors. She also likes to scrapbook, hike, and spend time with her three grandchildren.

“I cherish the smiles and hugs I get every day, but I live for those moments when struggling students finally ‘get it’ — that confidence and excitement they display.” Kathy Guimond, second grade teacher, Hunt Elementary.

Mrs. Guimond received a surprise visit recently from Superintendent Yeomans when the announcement was made during our staff meeting. Amid cheers and applause from her peers Dr. Yeomans highlighted why Kathy deserves the honor and presented her with a certificate for professional development and a garden basket of plants.

The Teacher of the Year award program is designed to recognize a professional classroom teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the education of children. To be eligible for the nomination a teacher must be employed full-time in a certificated position, spend at least 50 percent of their time in a classroom setting with students, and hold a current teaching certificate.

On November 6, with family and staff in attendance, Mrs. Guimond was honored by the Puyallup School Board during its regularly scheduled meeting. Principal Rebecca Williams introduced her, described why she is so deserving of the recognition, and presented Kathy with an engraved plaque.