AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PeopleAdmin, a leader in talent management software for K-12 and higher education, announced the latest honoree of its Inspired2Educate program. Jami Witherell, a third- and fourth-grade looping teacher at Newton School in Greenfield, Mass., shared the story of how a teacher made her feel special, smart and loved when she needed it most.
When Witherell started the fifth grade, she was changing schools for the third time in five years. Confronted with a new school and teachers and difficulties at home, she was terrified, “which made entering Mrs. Willard’s room one of the greatest surprises of my young life,” she wrote in her Inspired2Educate submission.
“She was my miracle,” Witherell said. “She believed in me the entire school year when I was unable and ill-equipped to do so myself.”
Witherell carries on Willard’s legacy by providing individualized attention to her 17 “high-need” students — many of whom, like Witherell, have experienced trauma.
“There’s no better way to honor people by continuing their good work,” said Matt Keenan, chief revenue officer at PeopleAdmin. “Jami demonstrates there’s no limit to what kids can do when they have a caring adult who believes in them.”
The Inspired2Educate award includes a $1,000 scholarship for Witherell and $1,000 for Newton School, the second scholarship fund Witherell earned this academic year.
“Teachers are not just people at the front of the classroom — they are on the sidelines supporting students’ extracurricular endeavors," said Witherell. "This is more than just the job of teaching a curriculum. I know because 25 years ago a teacher changed my life.”
Inspired2Educate encourages current education professionals at K-20 schools and institutions — to nominate via video or in writing a teacher, administrator, or staff member who inspired them to start their careers.
For more information on Inspired2Educate, visit www.PeopleAdmin.com/Inspired2Educate.
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