Elizabeth Brannen and Kimberly McClure, teachers at Paris High School, recently received Educator of the Year awards from the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society. Experience, educational, professional and community involvement, and teaching philosophy are the criteria considered for the award.
A few comments in the nomination included, “These ladies work tirelessly to ensure students become contributing members of society. Students who have a love for animals have been set up with a job at a veterinary clinic. Last year, they used their contacts and got my son a summer job at a retail store. One of these ladies personally picked my son up two days each week during her summer break and accompanied him as his work coach. Since school began, they ensure he is transported with a coach to continue his job.”
Steele Vaughan, one of the teachers’ students, assisted with the presentation of the award at the annual Snowflakes & Diamonds Gala on January 12.