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Moira Hancock Selected Marvin Elementary Teacher of the Year
Guidance Counselor Moira Hancock was selected to represent Marvin Elementary as Teacher of the Year. She and the other highly qualified nominees went through a process of peer nominations and votes, observations and interviews.
"Moira is skilled in her work with all stakeholders: students, colleagues, and parents," said principal Dr. Jay Jones. "She has a way about her that helps her hold people accountable while making them feel like they can do it."
That commitment and development of responsibility and encouragement is what makes Hancock stand out in her professional contributions to the school, in a job that includes character trait guidance lessons, individual counseling, small groups sessions, interventions for struggling students, coordinating 504 plans, testing coordination, and recognizing Terrific Kids. Hancock has served as a guidance counselor for 5 years after teaching in the classroom for 4, but this is only her second at Marvin, where her favorite parts of her job are getting to work with all of the kids in the school, working with a wonderful staff, and that her job is different every day.
Jones also describes Hancock as "committed to continually growing as a professional." This dedication is reflected in her creation and organization of the Kids Helping Kids program, in which older students support younger students in specials and in other learning environments, as well as in her completion of her National Board application.
When not at school, Hancock enjoys running, reading, cooking, and especially spending time with her family, husband Paul and young boys Gavin and Dylan.
Hancock will proceed to represent Marvin in the interviews and observations as she is considered for the Union County Teacher of the Year.
Written by: Wendy Mays, Kindergarten Teacher
Posted: Nov 02, 2011 by Marni Menkin