Special Award for Dedication to Education
The Special Award for Dedication to Education, is a teaching honor created through the Foundation by a group of community members inspired by their fathers' example. They are the sons and daughters of another group of anonymous Foundation donors (all with the first name Bob) who created the Bobs' Award, a $10,000 Special Award for Teaching Excellence, in 1997. The Foundation annually presents the Bobs' Award in the spring.
The $5,000 Special Award for Dedication to Education rewards a certified teacher or paraeducator in the Lawrence Public Schools who goes the extra mile to help kids who need it most. The award honors someone who supports "Learning for All, Whatever it Takes" by ensuring that challenged and/or disadvantaged students learn.
Criteria for nominees are a certified teacher or para-educator, currently employed by the Lawrence Public Schools, supports Learning for All by doing Whatever it Takes to ensure that challenged and/or disadvantaged students learn, and are dedicated to the success of every student.
Nomination letters can be made by colleagues, parents, students, alumni or community members. Nominations will be accepted until December 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Dedication To Education Award Recipients:
2007 - Jim Immel (Early Childhood Center)
2008 - Mary Ann Henry (South Junior High School)
2009 - Mary Chamberlin (Pinckney Elementary School)
2010 - Charlotte Lauts (Lawrence High School)
2011 - Lori Sinclair (Woodlawn Elementary School)
2012 - Ron Swall (Lawrence Free State High School)
2013 - Morgan Randle (Southwest Middle School)
Leah Henry earned the 2017 award for her work at the
Juvenile Detention Center
South middle school special education paraeducator
Kim Fuller won the 2016 award.
Jim Immel was the first recipient of the award in 2007.
Mary Ann Henry was overcome with emotion
when earning the honor in 2008.
Lori Sinclair is interviewed by the media after
accepting the award in 2011.
Cara McNorton had a large family contingent on
hand as she accepted the 2015 honor.