■ Global leader: Broadmoor's Rebecca Blume, a student at The Bush School, 3400 E. Harrison St., traveled to Washington, D.C., and New York City in July to participate in the Global Young Leaders Conference. She was among the 400 second-school students from around the world who are taking part in this leadership program.
During the conference, Blume participated in simulations that build leadership skills; interacted with key leaders and newsmakers in politics, finance, culture and diplomacy; and debated foreign aid, global warming and cooperative efforts in space, terrorism and human rights in the culminating Global Summit.
■ Staff changes: Lily Woo, McGilvra's Learning Assistance teacher, retired at the end of last school year after 16 years at the school. Third-grade teacher Jodie Davis, a new mother, will work half-time in Woo's vacated position.
Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Wilson left to become a full-time mother to her newborn.
The school filled the full-time third-grade and the blended-kindergarten teaching positions over the summer.
■ Award: Maxine Parker, a first-grade teacher at Madrona K-8 School, 1121 33rd Ave., has been named the local Teacher of the Year, receiving a $1,000 education grant to benefit her school, a $50 shopping card for classroom supplies and an honorary Wal-Mart greeter's vest.
Parker is eligible for the state Teacher of the Year award, which comes with a one-year membership to Phi Delta Kappa and an additional $10,000 education grant for her school. State winners advance to the national competition.
■ Scholars: Five East-Central Seattle students were among the 27 middle-schoolers to be named Mayor's Scholars: Meany Middle School's Michael Andrew Davis-Redditt, Mars De Los Santos Orejudos and Scott Shumake and Washington Middle School's Emma Jornlin and Joshua Markowitz.
Each received a $500 scholarship to either further their education or to contribute to a charity or cause, as well as a letterman's jacket commemorating the achievement.
They students wrote essays about how they give back to their communities and how they would use the $500 cash award. They also needed recommendations from adults.
■ Principal appointments: Three East-Central Seattle educators have been appointed principals for the 2005-06 school year.
Jon Halfaker, the assistant principal at Meany Middle School, now leads Washington Middle School as principal. He started teaching 10 years ago at Washington, where he also coached the soccer teams to Metro championships.
Andhra Lutz is the new principal of the Mercer Middle School in Beacon Hill, filling the vacancy of Ruth Medsker, the new middle-school education director. Lutz recently finishing a one-year Fisher fellowship with the KIPP Foundation in San Francisco, in which she visited 15 high-performing, high-poverty schools across the country and completed three month-long residencies in Washington, D.C.; Newark, N.J.; and New York City.
Lutz was the assistant principal at Madrona K-8 School from 2002 to 2004.
Jodee Reed, a former teacher at Garfield High School, is principal of Salmon Bay K-8 in Ballard. She was formerly the Language Arts department chair and administrative intern at Ballard High School.