Kit Ross, Lake Shore Elementary: November 2018 Teacher Appreciation Program Grant Awardee

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She creates projects and activities that make learning exciting and engaging for her students.

Isn’t that a big part of what school is all about? An excitement to learn? A desire to be engaged?

And that is just one of the many positive traits that were highlighted in the nomination of Kit Ross, the November 2018 TwinStar Credit Union/ Teacher Appreciation Award Grant winner. Ross, a 5th-grade teacher at Lake Shore Elementary school, was selected from entries submitted by school Administrators and PTA Board/Members from schools and districts throughout Clark County.

Ross’ nomination was submitted by a PTA Board/Member, and included the following: “Kit is an amazing teacher. She is energetic, kind and enthusiastic. She makes her students feel special and smart. She creates projects and activities that make learning exciting and engaging for her students. She has created themed book report projects for her students to complete each month. This has encouraged my daughter to be a reader and to find her love for reading again. Kit is an amazing educator and deserves to be chosen for this program!

I mean, who doesn’t want to feel special and smart? And when you’re 11 years old and you get that positive reinforcement from someone with whom you spend several hours a day, 180 days a year, well, those are good vibes.

The goal of the TwinStar Credit Union/ Teacher Appreciation Program is two-fold; to provide an outlet to recognize the outstanding works and unselfish actions taken by teachers in their classrooms, and to financially assist these teachers to continue these admirable efforts on behalf of the children in our community.

Congratulations to Kit Ross, her students, and all the staff and students of Lake Shore Elementary – home of the Super Seagulls!

Pictured above, from left to right: Starlet Heitz, Principal Lake Shore Elementary; Mitch Canton, Director, Digital Media,; Kit Ross, 5th-grade Teacher at Lake Shore Elementary; and Tony Ruestig, Business Development Officer, TwinStar Credit Union.

Is there a deserving teacher in your school? Of course there is!

Tell us about it. The Teacher Appreciation Program grant is awarded each month to a deserving local teacher whose name has been submitted by the school’s Administrative staff and/or PTA Board/Members.

You may find more information, including an entry form for Admins and PTA Boards to submit teacher nominations, at

Thank you to our sponsors of the Teacher Appreciation Program.

TwinStar Credit Union was founded in 1938 by high school teachers to help educators weather the storms of the Great Depression. A lot has changed since then, but TwinStar remains dedicated to its core group, and has remained true to its roots by creating innovative and flexible financial products and services that focus on helping educators and members create financial success. TwinStar is proud to make a positive impact through student scholarships, educational grants and giving to charities throughout Southwest Washington. ‘Connects Community’ – highlighting the People, Places, and Events that make our community great. From the Neighborhoods to the Newsmakers, is your one-stop source for the good things happening here at home.

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