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The Evergreen State College recognizes Granite Falls High School teacher

 

December 3, 2012

Peggy Gabrio

A Granite Falls High School teacher has recently been honored with a 2012 Teacher of Excellence Award after being nominated by a former student.

Peggy Gabrio has received the 2012 Teacher of Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College. The award honors teachers who have made a difference in the lives of their students.

Gabrio was nominated for the award by Courtney Conaway, a recent attendee of Granite Falls, who is now a student at The Evergreen State College.

Michael Zimmerman, academic vice president and provost at The Evergreen State College, explained, "In an attempt to encourage our students to think about teachers who made a difference, I asked our incoming students to nominate via e-mail the teacher they felt made the biggest difference in their education."

In nominating Gabrio, Conaway noted that Gabrio is the most giving and caring teacher they have ever met. Gabrio was not only a Spanish and History teacher, but also traveled the world which showed her passion for what she taught.

“As a class we got to learn what other cultures were like from someone who experienced it first-hand. Having her as a teacher was a truly enriching experience.”

Gabrio is one of 50 elementary, secondary-school or college teachers from 10 US states and two countries to receive the Excellence Award. Each teacher receives a certificate and a window decal.

Zimmerman, creator of the award, said, "We are reminded every day that teachers change lives. What we wanted to do is encourage our students to think about teachers who have interacted with them in a professional setting and gone beyond the norm—people who have committed to the process of learning and made the biggest difference in their education."

The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a nationally recognized public liberal arts college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student/faculty engagement and emphasis on putting learning into action.

 

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