TennisBrigitte Tennis

7th-10th grade

Stella Schola Middle School
Redmond, Washington

Total years as a classroom teacher: 32






M.Ed. in  Education                City University, Redmond               1991
B.A.  in Teaching                  University of Washington               1981
B.A. in Violin Performance     University of Washington               1981

2000-present    Stella Schola Middle School            7th-10th     Latin, History, Science, Algebra, English
1986-2000       Ben Franklin Elementary School         6th              All subjects
1985-1986       Mark Twain Elementary School           3rd -4th     All subjects
1981-1985       Mark Twain Elementary School           2nd-4th     Full time program for Gifted Students

2013                Featured as one of 50 Heroes in the Classroom in American Teacher by Katrina Fried
2011                Jones New York in the Classroom Award
2008, 2009      Sylvan Learning “Teachers Who Make a Difference” Award
2006                National Board Certification
2004                DisneyHand American Teacher honoree
2002                PTSA Outstanding Educator Award for Dedication and Service
1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006            Who’s Who of American Teachers


  • Tennis sees teaching as a vocation, a call from the core of her being—a call to ignite the fire of learning in others.


  • Her approach is that all students can learn, but a great teacher must be positive and enthusiastic as well as knowledgeable and willing to put in the time to touch every child.


“Clearly, Mrs. Tennis is a busy person; yet she never is too busy to sit down one on one with a student before or after school to help.  Time and time again, she sets everything aside to help her students.  She has established a safe community where students feel welcome, whether they are in her class this year or fifteen years ago.”

–Erin Bowser, Principal



“Simply put, Brigitte is an outstanding educator.  She is passionate, professional, dedicated, and motivational; she works tirelessly for her students.  Her energy is amazing, and her enthusiasm is contagious.” 

                                                                                                               — Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent


“Mrs. Tennis brings out the best in all the students in the classroom and makes her students feel responsible for each other’s success and  sense of belonging.  As a parent, I was touched emotionally seeing Mrs. Tennis’s class rally around the kids that needed extra help.  However, the kids didn’t know that they were doing anything special.  That’s the real magic of Mrs. Tennis.”

                                                                                                     — Bob Maher, parent of a former student