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Dedicated Kopachuck teacher receives district recognition

David Pierce teaches students about Alexander the Great during class at Kopachuck Middle School last week. Pierce was recently given the Ellen Fay Award.
David Pierce teaches students about Alexander the Great during class at Kopachuck Middle School last week. Pierce was recently given the Ellen Fay Award. jbessex@gateline.com

Kopachuck Middle School teacher David Pierce is known to his colleagues and students as a patient and dedicated teacher who goes above and beyond to help wherever help is needed.

Pierce was recognized for his dedication to his students and colleagues at the May 26 Board of Directors meeting with the Peninsula School District’s Ellen Fay Award.

Kopachuck Principal Heidi Fedore said that Pierce has worked for the school since 1998, teaching Language Arts and Social Studies.

What makes (Pierce) rise to the surface is he’s what you’d call an unsung hero. He’s humble and a hard worker who does anything that’s asked of him.

Heidi Fedore, Kopachuck Middle School principal

“What makes him rise to the surface is he’s what you’d call an unsung hero. He’s humble and a hard worker who does anything that’s asked of him,” Fedore said. “Without being asked, he’s out there every day after school, just being visible for kids and just making sure kids get on the bus.”

She added that Pierce serves on a variety of committees for both the school and the district, including the technology committee, safety committee, instructional advisory council and leadership team.

Jim Vaughn has taught Language Arts and Social Studies alongside Pierce at Kopachuck for almost two decades.

“(Pierce is) really a dedicated teacher who does everything he can for his students and his fellow teachers,” Vaughn said. “(He’s a) dedicated, patient type of teacher that’s willing to go the extra mile for kids and for teachers.”

(Pierce is) really a dedicated teacher who does everything he can for his students and his fellow teachers. (He’s a) dedicated, patient type of teacher that’s willing to go the extra mile for kids and for teachers.

Jim Vaughn, Kopachuck Middle School teacher

As for the students, both Fedore and Vaughn agree that they respond positively to Pierce.

“If kids need extra help after school or at lunch, he’s willing to help,” Vaughn said. “I think that they find him to be a kind, caring teacher for sure.”

Fedore agreed: “The kids really like him. (They) like his quirky sense of humor and they respond really well to him ... He just gets that cooperation.”

Named after a human resources director for the school district, the Ellen Fay Award is awarded following peer nominations and looks at several criteria for candidates including: engagement with students and families, modeling professional growth and improvement, excellence in job performance in position and any special recognitions.

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

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