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Date: April 12, 2021 - August 25, 2021
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Event Description:
One area of distinction in Renton is our desire to honor and embrace the teaching profession. The Renton Chamber of Commerce and several business organizations join together to sponsor and give back to teachers of distinction chosen by the community.

NOMINATE A RENTON EDUCATOR BY APRIL 23RD USING THIS LINK - Renton Chamber of Commerce (gorenton.com)

The Ahead of the Class award program is a partnership between the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton public and private schools, and Renton businesses. It is part of the Chamber's effort to provide individuals, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to invest in a brighter and better tomorrow for our young people. The program's aim is to enhance community awareness of the excellence of education in Renton.


Renton teachers are nominated as difference makers from students, peers, parents, etc. Nominations are open through April 23rd for the gerenal public to nominate educators who have made a difference. After nominated, then teachers are asked to submit applications.  Last year 239 nominations came in and 63 were invited to submit applications. A selection committee of local volunteers reads through the applications and picks 10 finalists to interview.  This year's 10 finalists will also be featured on RentonLIVE! throughout the summer leading up to the awards ceremony.  This year's award ceremony will be held in conjunction with Renton's New Teacher Breakfast on August 25th

2020's Ahead of the Class WINNER ~ Sally Boni from Talbot Hill Elementary

You can watch Ahead of the Class 2020 Winner, Sally Boni find out LIVE she had won here:
Renton LIVE - Episode 20 - YouTube

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Date/Time Information:

April - August 2021 Timeline for Ahead of the Class

April 23rd

Nominations closed

May 7th

Teachers application due

May 10th

Applications to readers

May 17th

Applications back from readers

Week of May 24th

Notification patrol

End of May


All Summer Long Finalists featured on RentonLIVE!

August 25th  

Ahead of the Class/ New Teacher Celebration 

Contact Information:
Ashley Dobson
The event is free to attend but if you would like to donate to our teachers and the efforts of educators in our community please reach out to Ashley Dobson at 425-226-4560 or events@gorenton.com to discuss donation opportunities.
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