Newsmaker: Becky Plymale
Noteworthy: The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV honored Plymale with the educational service agency's 27th annual Annie Sullivan Award. Named for Helen Keller's famous teacher, the award was established by the Unit's Labor and Management Committee to recognize educators who show deep care, concern and skill while helping students with special needs gain acceptance in schools and communities. Plymale's students and peers nominated her for the honor.
Occupation: A support teacher for the hearing-impaired for more than three decades in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties; this year, she is based out of Seneca Valley School District
Background: Plymale serves on several boards of nonprofits, including the Musical Theatre Guild of Butler, the Butler Little Theatre and the Butler County Historical Society. Education: Bachelor of Arts in deaf education, learning disabilities and behavior disorders from MacMurray College in Illinois, 1980; Master of Science in counseling the deaf from Western Maryland College, 1986. Quote: “I was very humbled. I think that my colleagues and I work together as a team, and it was strange to be singled out because we work together.”
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