Aaron Draganov

Tukwila educator goes from teacher to principal

The decision to transition from being a classroom teacher to a school administrator is a big one. CityU alumnus Aaron Draganov, principal of Thorndyke Elementary School, was motivated to make that change by his desire to help more students.

Bethany Moffatt

Alumna named Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year

City University of Seattle alumna Bethany Moffatt has been teaching for only six years, but in that time she’s passed her love of reading onto numerous students, and helped her school, Lakeridge Elementary School, go from one in need of improvement to a 2016 School of Distinction. As a testament to her contributions, Bethany was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year for Renton School District.

Students writing

English teacher goes back to school to become a school counselor

Some students lack the support they need to succeed, and high school English teacher Jim Sanders looks forward to being an advocate and resource for those individuals.

High school graduates

Former hotel manager fulfills dream of working with kids

After a stressful and demanding 22 years of working in the hotel industry, Nena Carpenter knew it was time for a change. The former Las Vegas hotel and casino manager earned teacher certification and is now a high school educator who spends her days supporting at-risk students as an on-time graduation specialist at Issaquah High School.

From the newsroom to the classroom: A journalist becomes a teacher

From the newsroom to the classroom: A journalist becomes a teacher

Career changer Russell Stahlke is carrying his love of journalism and writing into his new career as a fourth grade teacher, showing that a variety of knowledge and skill sets can be useful in the classroom.