Plymouth, Ma (PressExposure) September 24, 2009 -- Being the new kid at school is never easy. You could make the same case for being the new teacher. In addition to getting to know the students, there's also meeting new colleagues, getting around a new building, etc. To help that assimilation and welcome them to the school, Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac welcomed the 20 teachers new to Plymouth North High School with September's Driven Student Award.
"To be a teacher takes a special kind of commitment and dedication. Unfortunately, it's an often under-appreciated occupation. By awarding our 'Driven Student' award to the new teachers at Plymouth North, we're hopefully getting the message across in some small way that teachers, whether you're new to the school or a long-time faculty member, are appreciated," said Jeff Tracy, president of Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac.
In honor of being selected for the "Driven Student" award, the teachers received a pizza party courtesy of Tracy Chevrolet.
"Teaching is one of the most challenging and demanding careers out there and we wanted to honor those who have chosen education as their passion," said Kevin Farrell, Freshman Academy Housemaster. "We all [faculty members] were once new to this school and recognizing these individuals is just a nice way to get their Plymouth North careers off to a good start."
Teachers attending the September's Driven Student award celebration included: Jeremy Adelmann, Lauren Anderson, Nicholas DiRenzo, Christina Friedmann, Derek Harding, Kevin Hava, Nicole Jalbert, Jonathan Murphy, Amber Roderick, Karen Smith, Jamie Sorge, Meghan Strawn and Jim Wooten. Principal Mary Mortensen and Vice Principal Mary Callahan also attended.
Accompanying Tracy was Dr. Gareth Lynch, chief professional officer of the Plymouth Boys & Girls Club. In addition to welcoming and providing an overview of the Club's work programs, he shared some stories on how current North students are benefitting from the Boys & Girls Club program.
"As a member of the Boys & Girls Club board of directors, I've seen the good work the Club is doing firsthand," said Tracy. "I was glad to be able to bring Dr. Lynch to the Driven Student ceremony to not only make the new teachers aware of the opportunities out there for their students but to facilitate additional opportunities down the road."
Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac's Driven Student program recognizes Plymouth high school students for their performance and achievements in and out of the classroom. Awarded on a monthly basis, recipients are selected by faculty and advisors at the student's given school.