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    Mr. Pule Recognized as a Teacher of the Week!

    Congratulations to our own Mr. Pule, who was selected in June, 2016 as one of 24 Teachers of the Week by, in partnership with 710 ESPN Seattle and WSECU.

    The announcement of Mr. Pule's award, read by Rick Riz with the Mariners, said,
    "They say teachers don't impact for a year but for a lifetime. ... This week's Teacher of the Week is Bryan Pule, PE teacher at Whittier Elementary in Seattle. Bryan stresses the importance of teamwork and is committed to teaching his students life-long skills and knowledge about health, fitness, and nutrition. Just another example of how great teachers inspire!"

    Mr. Pule was invited to attend the Mariners vs. Houston Astros game on September 18th, where he received a $500 grant to use in the Whittier Physical Education program. Each nomination included an essay explaining why the nominated teacher has made a difference in their school or community, and why he or she deserves to be the "Teacher of the Week." 

    A message from Mr. Pule:
    "A BIG MAHALO to those who took the time to nominate me for Teacher of the Week last spring. I was indeed one of 24 teachers chosen for 2016 and attended Sunday's Mariners game in celebration with other recipients. The award comes with a $500 check to be used to continue to deliver a variety of activities in Whittier's physical education program.

    Each recipient also collected an envelope. All were normal-sized envelopes, except the one with my name — it was much larger. I asked why and was told these were the nomination letters received for each teacher. It appears I had been nominated not once, not twice, or even a half dozen times, but 29 nomination letters had come in on my behalf.  I was, well, overwhelmed by your aloha and kindness. Thank you. I have read each one with gratitude. I am honored to serve Whittier's community, to be part of your Wildcat(s)'s life, and look forward to many more wonderful Whittier experiences.  I indeed love my job!"

    THANK YOU, Mr. Pule, for all you do to make Whittier a special place to learn each and every day!