2016 New Teachers Celebration

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Name: 2016 New Teachers Celebration
Date: August 24, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM PDT
Event Description:
In line with several of the Chamber events this year we are rebranding the breakfast as the 2016 NEW TEACHERS CELEBRATION!
Not only will we have our traditional breakfast, but in 2016 local businesses will be providing various discounts for teachers patronage for the entire week of 8/22 Monday - Friday. (If you're an interested business please reach out and jump on the list)

The Chamber is pleased to announce Luis Ortega, Director and Founder of Storytellers for Change, as our keynote speaker for the 27th annual breakfast.

In the fall of 2005, Luis Ortega visited his high school to speak to a small group of students about his journey as an immigrant student and the many barriers he had to overcome to get to college. He didn't have any plans to ever return to speak at a school again, but after this first presentation more invitations followed. Ten years later, after speaking at over 1,000 schools, colleges, and community events across the nation, Luis is now widely recognized as a social entrepreneur, a youth and immigrant rights advocate, and powerful storyteller. 

Luis is a talent, a joy and force for good in the world. Luis will go far in life and more importantly, he has the skills, passion and commitment to transfer his knowledge to the students and adults he teaches.
— Joe Fenbert, Program Director @ Association of Washington Student Leaders

Luis Ortega is the founder of Storytellers for Change, where he works motivating youth, educators, and community leaders to tell and share their stories for positive change. At S4C, Luis specializes in story-based strategy for community engagement, youth leadership development, and racial equity. In addition, Luis also works as a strategic consultant on a variety of projects, including youth leadership programs with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the Latino Leadership Connection initiative with the Bellevue School District’s Department of Equity, and access and support for undocumented students at the University of Washington. Luis is also currently serving as the interim Executive Director of Engage Now, an initiative focused in increasing the civic engagement of youth in North Central Washington. Luis also serves in the board of Eastside Pathways as a Co-Chair of the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission.
Over the years, Luis has learned that there are few things as powerful as our ability to connect with other people through our stories. Whether Luis is speaking in front of a large audience or sitting right across from you having a conversation, his gift for storytelling will invite you to share your story for change with great courage, but most importantly, to listen softly to the stories of others. The greatest thing we can do for another person is to listen with our hearts so we can tell them: your story matters.

 Marcie Maxwell will also be a guest speaker at the Teachers Celebration! 

Marcie Maxwell served as Governor Jay Inslee's Senior Policy Advisor on Education.  She brought a strong background in education policy and funding plus business experience to this leadership role focusing on K-12, early learning, higher education and workforce development for Washington State. 
Elected to three terms as 41st District State Representative, Maxwell was previously elected to the Renton School Board for eight years serving one of the state's most diverse districts.  She served all King County School Boards as their Legislative Representative to the Washington State School Directors Association.  In the legislature, Representative Maxwell was on the House Education Committee, Appropriations Committee, Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Rules Committee, and the Technology & Economic Development Committee.  She served in House leadership as the Deputy Majority Leader for Education and Opportunity.

Marcie also co-chaired the Quality Education Council (QEC) and was on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Funding. Maxwell is known for her work in STEM education, arts education, improving teaching and learning, college access, and preserving the state's safety net to ensure at-risk kids are healthy and ready to learn.

Maxwell is a small business owner with a prior career in banking management.  She's been active with Rotary, chambers and foundations.  Marcie has earned numerous honors including the Washington School Administrators Community Leadership Award, Association of Washington School Principals Torch of Leadership Award, Washington State PTA Friend of Children Award, Washington Education Association Friend of Education Award, Washington School Counselors Association Legislative Advocate Award, WSU College of Education’s Advocate for Education Award, Realtor Community Service Award, Renton Citizen of the Year and Renton Outstanding Business Citizen.
Event Sponsors:
  • Valley Medical Center Clinic Network
  • Renton Reporter
  • Renton Flower Shop
  • Republic Services
  • Boeing Company
  • Renton Education Association
  • First Financial Northwest Bank
  • Republic Services
  • BECU - Renton Benson Neighborhood Fin Ctr
  • Team Reba Re/Max Metro Eastside
  • Viet-Wah Asian Food Market
  • Rain City Catering
  • Renton Technical College
Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, Wa 98056
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 7:30 AM
Contact Information:
Renton Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Members: $20.00
Non-Members: $25.00
To sponsor a teachers breakfast: $25.00
To sponsor a teacher online, register yourself if you are attending under base fee, click on Additional Attendee, click on sponsorship, then continue.  if you have questions call Ben, 425.226.4560
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