Riverview School District

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Cedarcrest’s Marc Hillestad Named Teacher of the Week

Marc Hillestad (center) receives a $500 grant check from WSECU. Joining him in the picture is WSECU representative
Rita Koontz (L), Marc's daughter Natalie, and Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs (R).

In the spring of 2016, Cedarcrest High School senior Josh Budig was readying for graduation, preparing for college, and getting ready for what the future had in store for him. However, Budig was also thinking of giving back, taking a moment to give thanks to an educator who left a lasting impression upon not only him, but countless students over the years.

That educator is Marc Hillestad, Cedarcrest High School’s Career & Technical Education teacher and DECA Advisor.

Those thoughts led to Budig putting fingers to keyboard and submitting an essay about Mr. Hillestad for the 2016 Teacher of the Week contest, sponsored by Seattle sports radio station 710 ESPN Seattle, their parent company Bonneville Broadcasting, website MyNorthwest.com, and the WSECU (Washington State Employees Credit Union). Of all the entries received, Hillestad was one of just 24 educators selected to receive the honor.

Budig's essay reflected on how Mr. Hillestad has made a difference in his school and community. Acknowledging some personal adversity over the previous months, Budig shared that “Mr. Hillestad has shown our community how to have a positive attitude in the face of hardships. He continues to positively impact our community on a daily basis.”

Upon selection, Hillestad received a $500 classroom grant from WSECU, and two tickets to a Mariners home game, where the 24 teachers, and a guest of their choosing, watched the Mariners take on division rivals the Houston Astros from a Safeco Field suite. Before the game, he and his daughter got to meet and talk with renowned Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs.

(And yes, the Mariners beat the Astros on this particular day, 7-3!)

The Riverview School District congratulates Marc Hillestad on this great honor and acknowledgment of all the extra time and effort he has given through the years in making important and lasting connections with not just the Josh Budigs of the world, but so many of his students through the years.