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Congratulations Erin Chester Teacher of Year and Meaghan Durkin Para of Year 2019

One of the greatest assets of Madison Public Schools is its incredible staff. Just before the start of the year, teachers, staff, and administrators gathered to honor a few outstanding members of the team.

Teacher of the Year is Ryerson’s Erin Chester. Mrs. Chester came to Madison Public School in 1997 and has held various classroom positions at Ryerson Elementary ever since. Starting in 2016, she became the literacy coach for the entire district. Ryerson Principal Kelly Spooner said Erin has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of students, families, and colleagues.   

“This woman inspires a love of learning and consistently demonstrates this belief in her actions and words that all children can learn,” she said. “Erin Chester’s talent is natural. To the observer, it appears effortless and the longer one watches the greater one finds themselves immersed in her teaching and fully engaged in her lessons. Erin Chester is an inspiration to those who work with her and learn with her”.

Paraprofessional of the Year is Brown’s Meaghan Durkin. Meaghan started in the district in 2015 as a substitute teacher, then as a Registered Behavior Technician at Jeffrey School, and moves on to Brown Intermediate School this school year. Former Jeffrey Elementary Principal Kathryn Hart said Meaghan is best described as kind, hardworking, and incredibly dedicated.

“She is always ready with kind words or a smile for students or staff in the building,” she said. “Meaghan goes out of her way to make sure she connects with children and brings the best out of them. This helps tremendously when she has to intervene with a child who may be having difficulty. Meaghan is an integral member of the special education team but supports all children. She is sought after for her advice by teachers and paras and she continues to have an impact on the lives of children both inside and outside of the classroom”.

Please join us in congratulating Erin, Meaghan, and all our wonderfull staff members here at Madison Public Schools!  

T.O.Y. Erin Chester and P.O.Y. Meaghan Durkin
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