CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Elementary’s Terri Helm-Remund honored as School Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to West Seattle Elementary nurse Terri Helm-Remund, who, after 28 years as a school nurse – the last seven of those at WSE – has just been announced as statewide School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Washington. We photographed her as school staff took a moment to congratulate her during their afternoon meeting on Wednesday. She’s holding one of the special memory books that students made for her, full of pictures and drawings. Here is what her WSE co-worker Laura Bermes tells us about “Nurse Terri”:

Terri is pretty remarkable in the care she offers our students and families, in her service leading our Safety Committee, and in her work on our Student Intervention Team and Attendance Intervention Team. She takes a lead role in assuring the successful integration of the Neighborcare Clinic within the school, in supporting our Fruits and Veggie program, and in coordinating our annual School Health Fair. She’s also President of the School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW), she mentors multiple nurses every year, and has been published (along with some of her nursing colleagues) regarding her work with our Attendance Team.

In addition to all of her assigned duties, Terri took her passion for mosaic arts and started an after-school mosaic club for our students. Their mosaic creations are displayed around the school, and at the Bee Garden in High Point. Terri puts the PRO in professional. She’s one of the most competent people I’ve ever worked with – she knows her job, and she’s willing to go the extra mile to assure it gets done right. Terri’s also one of the most compassionate people I know. She isn’t afraid to speak on behalf of children and families in need, and she takes time to get to know people. She holds herself to a high standard, but isn’t prideful. She’s always ready to learn new skills, and she’s eager to teach others. Terri is no doubt the perfect candidate for School Nurse of the Year for the State of Washington, and we at West Seattle Elementary know how lucky we are to have her on our team!!!

From the staff of West Seattle Elementary, Congratulations, Nurse Terri!!!

Also to celebrate – this cake:

But we don’t know when Nurse Terri and co-workers got a chance to enjoy it – after a brief moment to celebrate, they had to get back to some urgent discussions, so we moved on.

12 Replies to "CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Elementary's Terri Helm-Remund honored as School Nurse of the Year"

  • JoB October 15, 2015 (9:29 am)


  • Judi Yazzolino October 15, 2015 (9:41 am)

    Congratulations Terri from your fans and friends at the West Seattle Food Bank.

  • Terri Helm-Remund October 15, 2015 (9:53 am)

    Many thanks to my AMAZING group of co-workers at West Seattle Elementary School for the beautiful cake and sweet books from our children. Working with you is such a pleasure! West Seattle Elementary is truly a shining example of commitment and community!
    Terri Helm-Remund

  • SueBeedoo October 15, 2015 (10:35 am)

    Wow! Congrats to Nurse Terry……just wondering though – does WSE have a FULL TIME nurse? Why is that when most schools (just as needy as WSE) get a nurse for all of one day per week. The school district is ridiculous.

  • Toni Reineke October 15, 2015 (4:54 pm)

    Congratulations, Terri!!!

  • Sue Heffernan October 15, 2015 (9:18 pm)

    Congratulations Terri. You embody the role of the school nurse with a rich blend of elegance, empathy, dedication and compassion. You have given so much to so many for so many years. A reward well deserved.

  • ashleigh October 15, 2015 (9:40 pm)

    Congrats Terri! A great award for an amazing lady!

  • Jim Hansen October 16, 2015 (3:22 am)

    Congrats Terri. Quite a honor. Brother in law JIM

  • Janet O October 17, 2015 (8:27 pm)

    Congrats, Terri! You are an awesome school nurse and an amazing human…well deserved!

  • Melinda Jankord-Steedman October 19, 2015 (3:23 pm)

    Hearty congratulations, Teri!
    Melinda J-S

  • Beth October 24, 2015 (9:41 am)

    Yay Terri! You have been an extraordinary scout leader too! Congratulations!

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