Kent Elementary School teacher Denisha Saucedo has been selected as the 2018 Regional Teacher of the Year by Puget Sound Educational Service District. Saucedo is currently in her fourteenth year (all at Kent Elementary) teaching 6th Grade General Education. In addition to creating a classroom environment rich in opportunity, equity and well-rounded learning, Saucedo is also a mentor teacher, Professional Learning Community Team Leader, member of several Planning & Improvement committees, and coach of the school’s STOMP team and Track team.
Saucedo, grew up in Kent, and teaches just five miles from the high school where she graduated. As a child of color having come from a single-parent, single-income, highly-transient home, the odds were stacked against her; but Saucedo says both her best and worst educational experiences are what inspired her to become a teacher. Now she aims to provide equitable educational opportunities to all students and help them become active, positive contributors to society. On top of all her work at school, Saucedo also volunteers as a coach for several community youth sports teams as well.
As Regional Teacher of the Year, Saucedo will attend a weekend-long leadership retreat, share her inspiring educator story, travel across Washington State to share her expertise and experience with a variety of communities, and advocate for educational issues most important to her.
Dr. Rosa Villarreal, principal of Kent Elementary, described Mrs. Saucedo as “a role model teacher”, adding that, “…She is an energetic and highly skilled educator with a commitment to ensuring all children reach their potential. She has expertise in helping students identify and work on both social emotional and academic needs.”
Mrs. Saucedo is now qualified as a candidate for the Washington State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the fall.
Congratulations, Mrs. Saucedo!