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Teacher Name: Mrs. Jennifer Marshall 7th grade teacher at Thornton W. Burgess Middle School
Mrs. Marshall is an exceptional example of a teacher who embraces and teaches ALL of her students. My daughter, Karlie, has a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism. Last year and this year in Social Studies, Mrs. Marshall has fully included Karlie in her classroom. Jen Marshall\'s strategies and creativity to teach all students should be an example to all teachers. Karlie has learned the subject matter of her class and Karlie\'s classmates have learned that Karlie learns like they do, that she has a sense of humor and is pretty cool. Mrs. Marshall will call on Karlie during class to answer questions and the other children in the class have witnessed Karlie participating as they do and they have even clapped for Kar when she has corrected herself to get the right answer. Jen Marshall also takes her talents outside of the classroom. She entered Karlie and two other peers in a talent show at Thornton Burgess. She went to rehearsal with them, taught the m the music, words and sign language to You Are My Sunshine. The night of the talent show was fantastic. When they finished their song, they received a standing ovation. We have been in the Hampden/Wilbrahm School District for 11 years now and have never experienced a teacher like Jen Marshall. With an ever increasing number of diagnosis of children with special needs, we need teachers like Jen Marshall to see the potential and give the opportunity and support to our children so that they can be a part of their school and later their community. Jen has taken away the fear of the unknown regarding special needs. Perhaps in the future, the kids in her class may remember their time with Karlie and give kids with special needs a chance to be their employees and/or social interaction. I have pictures and videos of the talent show that I would love to share if you would like to see. Please select Jennifer Marshall Teacher of the month. Through your award, other teachers can be come aware of her talents, strategies and successes.