Teacher surprised by Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year award

Perry spent the first 18 years of her career teaching at The Assumption of Mary in Redford. Two years ago the school closed and she substituted for a year in Cadyville, Saranac and Dannemora. This year she is a full year substitute in Marcy Bova's kindergarten class while Bova is out on maternity leave.

My greatest contribution to my students is my love of teaching and the positive results that it produces. I try to inspire each and every one of my students by binging out the good in everyone of them, said Perry.

It is not surprising that Perry was also honored with the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award several years ago while teaching at the Assumption of Mary.

Perry is currently involved in the lengthy process of applying for state teacher of the year honors to receive $10,000 of grant money for her school. All state winners are automatically entered into the national competition which grants an additional $25,000 to the winner's school. It has already been decided that the grant she won for the school last month will be used to develop a recognition program as part of the buildings PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports) initiative.

Wal-Mart began the teacher of the year program in 1995. They are among the largest corporate supporters of education, donating more than $57 million in support of educational initiatives last year alone.

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