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Pinckney teacher honored for her work with special education students

Prize includes $5,000

Special education teacher Mary Chamberlin is presented roses by her husband, Ryan Chamberlin, during a school assembly Thursday in which Chamberlin was awarded the $5,000 Dedication to Education Award by Pickney School officials and representatives of The Bobs, a group of anonymous donors who created the award.

Special education teacher Mary Chamberlin is presented roses by her husband, Ryan Chamberlin, during a school assembly Thursday in which Chamberlin was awarded the $5,000 Dedication to Education Award by Pickney School officials and representatives of The Bobs, a group of anonymous donors who created the award.

December 17, 2009

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Pinckney teacher honored for her work with special education students

The school day Thursday started off with a big surprise and a big check for one Lawrence elementary teacher. Enlarge video

Special education teacher Mary Chamberlin is presented roses by her husband, Ryan Chamberlin, during a school assembly in which Chamberlin was awarded the $5,000 Dedication to Education Award by Pickney School officials and representatives of The Bobs, a group of anonymous donors who created the award.

Special education teacher Mary Chamberlin is presented roses by her husband, Ryan Chamberlin, during a school assembly in which Chamberlin was awarded the $5,000 Dedication to Education Award by Pickney School officials and representatives of The Bobs, a group of anonymous donors who created the award.

The school day Thursday started off with a big surprise and a big check for one Lawrence elementary teacher.

Mary Chamberlin, a special education teacher in her sixth year at Pinckney School, was awarded this year’s Dedication to Education Award at an all-school assembly.

“I’m just really appreciative and surprised and excited,” Chamberlin said.

The Dedication to Education Award is a teaching honor that was created through the Lawrence Schools Foundation in 2007 by a group of community members following in their fathers’ footsteps. The donors are the sons and daughters of another group of anonymous donors, The Bobs.

Chamberlin’s fellow teachers nominated her for the honor.

“I have never seen another teacher like her,” sixth grade teacher Christine Anderson said.

Sixth grade teacher Beck Spradlin, a 34 year teaching veteran, said Mary goes above and beyond her education duties.

“I have never worked with a special eduation teacher who contributes as much as Mary,” Spradlin said. “She makes all of us better teachers.”

Chamberlin, however, said she never expected to be awarded for doing her job.

“It’s just what I’m supposed to do,” she said. “(I’m) just really surprised it was me.”

The award comes with $5,000, and Chamberlin already knows what she’ll use it for.

“We are wanting to buy our first house, so we’re hoping to put that towards a down payment on a house,” she said. “It’s really a blessing.”

The Dedication to Education Award honors someone who supports the goal of “Learning for All, Whatever It Takes” by making sure challenged and disadvantaged students learn.

Comments

commonsense 4 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations. Special Needs Teachers are a true gift.

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 4 months ago

Great job, Ms. Chamberlin. You are an inspiration to us all.

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TheOriginalCA 4 years, 4 months ago

Mommy04, I ditto your comments. I have a 13 year old son who is severely mentally ill and it is teachers like her that make a difference in not only the lives of the special ed student, but also for the families of the student. People like her are a God send.

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kujayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

"Let's go fund a war fought by a bunch of criminal high school drop outs."

Are you serious?

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cold 4 years, 4 months ago

Where are the people that make snide remarks about teachers, their jobs, and their pay now? If those people could stand in this deserving teacher's shoes for 1 day they wouldn't return to the job.

These people should all be making well over 6 figures for the work they do.

But oh no, let's go fund a war fought by a bunch of criminal high school drop outs.

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mommy04 4 years, 4 months ago

This warms my heart!! I am the mother of a special needs daughter and it takes a very dedicated and loving person to care for these children. I am also very lucky to have a wonderful support team for my daughter! Congratulations Mary!!

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Dan Alexander 4 years, 4 months ago

What a deserving teacher. Then again all you Pinckney Panthers are great.

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