Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!


The lists are out and Lake Washington School District (LWSD) musicians are major players for this year’s musical honor groups. On even school years, the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) choses students from across the state from Middle School to High School to participate in WMEA State Honors Music Groups. Sixty-nine high schoolers and 55 middle schoolers come from LWSD schools this year.

Earth Day 2022

Students across the district supported and celebrated sustainability efforts in their schools all week for Earth Day 2022.

Visit our Sustainability page to see year-round efforts around sustainability, conservation and recycling.



    LWSD lead nurse nominated for national award for making a difference in students’ lives

    Dr. Keandra Thompson

    Lake Washington School District health services manager Dr. Keandra Thompson has been nominated for the 2021-2022 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

    Dr. Thompson was nominated by her supervisor, Dr. Shannon Hitch, for her leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Thompson began her role as health services manager in January of 2021. She immediately became responsible for the health and safety of the learning community.  

    According to the press release from National Life Group Foundation, Dr. Thompson brought knowledge, experience and expert guidance to her district's leadership team. She helped the team make incredibly difficult decisions and created safety protocols when her district's most vulnerable students resumed school in the fall of 2020. Dr. Thompson maintained a sense of calm, but she worked with intensity and urgency in responding to this crisis. She remained focused on the needs of students and advocated for equity throughout her district's response. She performed at the highest levels at a time when everyone was working well beyond their capacity. 

    "Dr. Thompson was the leader we didn't know we would need, at a time when we were about to experience one of the greatest impacts on both our community and within education,” Dr. Hitch said. “The complexities involved in setting up public health systems, in an understaffed district, while being responsive to urgent daily needs...there are simply no words to describe her workload. Yet, she still shows up every day with positivity, compassion, and a deep love for students. We are truly blessed to have her working in LWSD.”

    Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Eighteen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2021-2022 school year. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals, and will be announced in early 2022. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. 
    To view Dr. Thompson’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit