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Linda Beeley

AWARD: Educator

Linda Beeley

Each year, lucky students at School 12 find themselves in one of teaching assistant Linda Beeley's reading groups. Ms. Beeley makes reading exciting by using humor and tapping into her students' natural curiosity. In one of her reading groups, for example, students made hats to go along with the book Aunt Flossie's Hats and Crab Cakes for Dinner.

A native of Port Allegany, Pa., Ms. Beeley trained originally as a Radiological Technologist, and worked in the health care field as a nurse's aide and radiation technologist. She married her husband, Donald, in 1971 and was a stay-at-home mom for 14 years after her children, Kelley and Casey were born. Next Ms. Beeley decided to give education a try.

She has worked at School 12 since 1986, and has developed a specialty in reading. "I enjoy my work very much," she says. "Being able to work with students individually, assessing and applying that information to each student specifically, has been a very rewarding experience for me." According to Principal Michelle Ligouri-Alampi and parent Vicki Robertson, she also enhances instruction throughout the school by coordinating reading materials and by sharing her strategies with teachers.

Ms. Beeley's leadership extends beyond the classroom. Ms. Beeley has been on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals for more than five years. She also contributes her insights as a member of the School Based Planning team. REF honors Ms. Beeley for using her creativity and talent to generate enthusiasm for reading in her students.