"He instilled a belief in me, a belief in following my passions and dreams. Whether I'd gone on to be an engineer or a teacher or anything else, I'd appreciate what he gave me at a really important time."
An accomplished stage director as well as an innovative teacher, Van Kempen has trained and inspired dozens of theater professionals, working from here to Broadway.
They include Chad Kimball, a recent Tony Award nominee in the Broadway musical "Memphis," as well as Noah Racey, a busy performer-choreographer who'll be the lead in the 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of "The Music Man," and Ryah Nixon (who has starred at Village Theatre and ACT Theatre), among others.
Big shout out to Seattle Public Libraries for their support of Seattle Schools libraries. From their newsletter:
Since 2009, Friends of The Seattle Public Library has given away ofver 20,000 books to teachers from Seattle public schools through its Books for Teachers program. This year, the Friends has taken book giveaways a step further, partnering with Discover Books and PCC Natural Markets to facilitate the giveaway of 9,000 books to Seattle's schools.
In May and June, Sanislo, Rainier View, and Thurgood Marshall elementary schools received books. During the upcoming school year, one elementary school per month will receive at least 2,000 books.
Friends indeed; thanks to all those generous donors!
SPS This Week
Monday, September 17th - Community Meeting with Superintendent Banda at Mercer Middle School from 6-7:30 pm.
Tuesday, September 18th - Community Meeting with Superintendent Banda at Rainier Beach High School from 6-7:30 pm.
Wednesday, September 19th - School Board meeting at 4:15 pm with public testimony at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20th
- Operations Committee Meeting from 4-6 pm, no agenda yet available.
- BEX IV Community Meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm at Whitman Middle School
Board retreat from 10:30 am - 5:30 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue S. The retreat is open to the public but only for watching with no public input taken.