Covington School special-needs instructor Samantha Kephart earned recognition as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” last week at a staff meeting.
“Sam Kephart makes a big difference in the lives of her students every day,” said Susie Warner, a parent of one of Kephart’s students. “Each student in her classroom is unique, with moderate to severe disabilities, and can be very challenging to work with. Sam does an amazing job keeping her classroom positive, treating all students equally and encouraging them to believe that there is nothing they cannot do.”
Warner and fellow parent Louanne Gonzalez nominated Kephart for the award.
“Sam does an excellent job making parents feel we are part of a team that is working together to help her students reach new heights and tackle challenges while having a great time,” Gonzalez said. “Sam stands out for her warm heart, patience and supportive personality. The smiles on her students’ faces speak volumes about the impact she has on their lives.”
Kephart is one of 16 K-12 teachers in the Bay Area selected for recognition in educational excellence by the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during the 2013 NFL season.
The “Hero” teachers are celebrated in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations and receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies. They also receive tickets to a San Francisco 49ers home game and are acknowledged during an on-field halftime presentation at Candlestick Park. Kephart was recognized at Sunday’s game when the 49ers played the Green Bay Packers.
Principals, district staff, students and parents may nominate teachers. The winners are selected based on their ability to make a difference in their students’ lives, go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities and help students build life skills.
For more information, visit SymetraHeroes.com/49ers.