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    Mr. Peterson Named Symetra Hero in the Classroom
    Posted on 10/15/2018
    Mr. Peterson and Principal ClarkWhittier Elementary School teacher Travis Peterson was honored as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” on Oct. 11, 2018 during a surprise school presentation by Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks.

    “Travis Peterson is a teacher who creates a classroom environment that is truly inclusive of all students. He is willing to do things outside the standard curriculum to ensure students are engaged, learning what matters, and able to access what they need to know,” said Maggie Mattmiller, a district colleague. “Mr. Peterson is the kind of teacher who will spend a few extra days on an activity rather than moving on if he can see students are excited about what they are doing or need more time to work through something. He creates a space for students to take charge of and get excited about their learning—one that encourages them to more closely investigate what they are curious about.” Mattmiller nominated Peterson for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.

    “When you walk into Mr. Peterson's classroom, you may immediately hear a low rumbling of students chatting. Listen in to the table groups and you’ll hear students talking about the topic at hand, or their books, or different ways to solve a math problem,” adds Mattmiller. “They’re learning in a collaborative way, which is a key 21st century skill. Mr. Peterson sees the value in that and understands that many students work that way. He gives them the space to authentically learn in a way that best suits them!”

    Mr. Peterson is honoured.Mr. Peterson was recognized in front of his students and peers at surprise in-school presentations, and Symetra made a $2,000 donation to Whittier Elementary School for classroom books and supplies. Mr. Peterson also received tickets to a Seahawks home game and he will be recognized at the Nov. 15 game, when the Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers.