Pitkin with his Teacher of the Year Award, standing in front of a bulletin board students made at lunchtime posting their favorite natural high.
Steve Pitkin is the Intervention Specialist for Lake Stevens High School and this year now splits his time with Cavelero Mid High. In October he received national recognition for his work with students in the area of substance abuse prevention.
The Sundt Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to influence the hearts and minds of kids by inspiring them to choose a natural high and reject drugs. At their annual conference this fall Steve Pitkin was named “Teacher of the Year” for his work in providing students with natural high opportunities.
Lake Stevens High School Principal Ken Collins commented, “Steve has a huge impact here with our students. He creates great relationships with all kids and students know him and respect him. He’s an important member of our faculty and is most deserving of this award.”
One of the most successful programs Steve Pitkin has developed for students is the once a month “Open Mic” at the Lake Stevens High School Performing Arts Center. There students can perform, sing, dance, play an instrument, perform with their band or express their creative side in a variety of ways. It’s a great example of the goal of the Sundt Foundation to get students involved to experience a natural high.
Pitkin has been with the school district for eight years and has touched the lives of hundreds of students. He serves students as a one-on-one counselor, conducts group counseling, serves on the school’s Student Assistance Program and leads the Natural High Network that includes approximately 30 students.
For more information on the Sundt Foundation and how you can get involved visit www.naturalhigh.org