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Bainbridge Kiwanis names island's top teacher
Woodward Middle School computer-technology teacher Sean Eaton has been named as the 2012 “Educator of the Year” by the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club.
The annual award program honors an educator who has made extraordinary efforts toward improving the education of Bainbridge Island children.
Besides recognition, the award includes a $500 check to the honoree and an additional $500 to their school.
The award was presented by Tom Watson, Kiwanis Club president, to Eaton at the club’s breakfast meeting on June 20.
“Woodward principal Mike Florian, parents, students, former students and at least 12 teachers nominated Eaton for this honor,” Watson said. “Their numerous comments on his superior teaching ability and committed relationship with both students and colleagues make him a truly worthy recipient of this year’s award.”
In their nomination letter, all eight of the school’s diversified arts teachers stated that, “Sean is quick to assist students and staff with classroom projects involving technology and technological problem-solving. While teaching full-time and coaching track and football after school, he rewrote the Middle School Technology Course Curriculum in order to align it with the Washington State TechEd program. Not only did this qualify our school district for additional funding, it offers students extensive preparation for life-long learning in areas involving technology.”
Another group of seventh-grade teachers also nominated Eaton, adding, “Sean’s presence here at Woodward can be seen at so many levels. His students leave his classroom excited to share their learning and expertise with us and our students. His dedication to students and staff provides an excellent role model for all of our teachers.”
The praise for Eaton was plentiful: “He’s a good man.” “He never gives up on a kid.” “He makes it work.”
All of Eaton’s classroom projects, whether it is underwater remotely operated vehicles, the magnetic levitation vehicles or a host of other projects, they all incorporate four basic steps: engineering, designing, building and testing.
A new piece of equipment Eaton is especially proud of is the 2BOT 3-D printer now in use at the school. Students use a computer to design a shape, and the 3-D printer automatically “etches” the actual item.
Eaton was raised in Montana, and received his undergraduate degree at Rocky Mountain College. He received his master’s degree in education at City University, and has taught on the island for 15 years.
He serves as the Woodward track coach and as the defensive coordinator for the Bainbridge High School football team. He and his wife Michelle have two children.
The Educator of the Year selection committee once again had several outstanding people to choose from this year, and Watson encouraged community members to nominate a worthy teacher in the future.