Global Connections teacher honored as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom

Highline Public Schools press release:

Lyn Nelthropp, a music instructor at Global Connections High School, has been selected as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.

Nelthropp was nominated for the honor by a former student.

“Ms. Nelthropp cares deeply about her students and their education. When you see her teach, her love of music is obvious. She is the kind of person you can speak to, no matter what age or band you are in, but something about her also always demands a level of respect,” said Briana Glover, a former student. “Ms. Nelthropp expects a lot of her students — practice, focused participation in and out of the classroom, and a healthy love of music.

“She requires things that other band teachers don't, such as mandatory participation in solo or ensemble contests. However, she also attends everything she expects her students to attend. She dedicates as much effort — and often more — as all of the students and parents involved in the band.”

Under Nelthropp’s direction, the Global Connections High School Wind Ensemble received national recognition.

The group will travel to Washington, D.C., in January to perform in the Presidential Inauguration Music Festival.

“Without Ms. Nelthropp and her persistence with me personally, I might not have gotten into college,” said Glover. “She pushed me to do things I didn't think I could, and it led to a Western Washington University scholarship. I respect this woman more than any other educator I’ve had for her perseverance and love of the job. She so deserves this recognition!”

“Congratulations to Lyn for her great work in her classroom with students every day,” said Principal Rick Harwood.

Nelthropp is the second Highline teacher honored this year as a Hero in the Classroom. Elle Parsons, a teacher at HS3, was selected earlier this school year.

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is a community program that recognizes 24 Seattle-area teachers, during the Seattle Seahawk season, for outstanding leadership and instructional skills.

Symetra selects teachers from nominations made by current or former students, teachers, or school staff. The program looks for teachers who go above and beyond day-to-day responsibilities, make a real difference in students’ lives, and help students build life skills.

Heroes receive a $1,000 donation to their classrooms and two tickets to a Seahawks game, at which they are publicly honored.

For more information about the program or to nominate a teacher, please visit the Heroes in the Classroom website.

More information about Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is available at

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