The Bobs have done it again. And Mary Chapman is their recipient.
Chapman, an English teacher at Free State High School, was this morning awarded with the "Bobs' Award" of $10,000, the annual teachers' award created through the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
The award was created by a group of Lawrence civic leaders who share the first name, Bob, but otherwise choose to remain anonymous.
Chapman has taught English for 21 years - 10 at West Junior High, two years at Lawrence High School and nine years at Free State High School.
The foundation's Bobs' Award honors a teacher who "exemplifies extraordinary instruction skills; reflects commitment to quality education and dedication to teaching; focuses on individual student achievement; administers to the whole child, guiding each student to achieve his full potential; and is deemed to be proficient, caring adaptable and professional."
"I have taught with Mary for 20 years, and she is the hardest working educator I have ever encountered," said Phyllis Copt, a Free State English teacher. "She develops inspiring ideas, makes fascinating connections and shares her brilliance generously."