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    Scribner with student at Seahawks gameSymetra’s “Heroes in the Classroom” award is bestowed upon teachers who go above and beyond in their responsibilities, make a difference in students’ lives and helps students build life skills. Multimedia teacher Teresa Scribner fit the criteria, which prompted one of her former students, Hewan Mengistu, to nominate Scribner for the award.

    Representatives from Symetra and the Seahawks organization surprised Scribner with the award at an early-morning staff meeting on Nov. 1. The prestigious honor came with VIP field access at the Seahawks’ Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 20. Scribner invited Mengistu to join her. She also received a personalized Seahawks jersey, an autographed football and $2,000 to use for classroom materials.

    This isn’t Scribner’s first honor. In 2016, Scribner was named Washington state’s Journalism Adviser of the Year and was a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser. That same year, she was selected as one of 13 teachers from around the country to receive the Rising Star Award by the Journalism Education Association.

    Scribner began as a volunteer for Cleveland when the school sought to restart the newspaper, which had been obsolete for 12 years. At the time, Scribner was working as a visual journalist for The Seattle Times. She worked as a volunteer for three years before getting a teaching certificate in 2012 and then worked both jobs until the pressure of two demanding careers became too much. She left The Times in 2016.