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Allison Hamley Named 2019 Venice-Nokomis Rotary Teacher of the Year

SARASOTA COUNTY – The Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club recently bestowed Ms. Allison Hamley with its annual “Teacher of the Year Award” in recognition of her incredible impact on her students and the community. Ms. Hamley, currently a Reading Recovery teacher, has instructed at Venice Elementary School for 16 of her 25 years as a teacher.

Reading Recovery aims to significantly reduce the number of first-grade students who have severe challenges while learning to read and write. These intervention tactics are most effective when they are accessible to all students who need them, and when they are used as a supplement to existing, results-driven curriculum. An estimated 75% of students who complete the full 12-to-20-week intervention are usually able to meet grade-level expectations in reading and writing when tested.

Ms. Hamley is noted as being exceptionally effective at aiding her students and supporting their diverse learning needs. Her alignment with the Rotary’s principle of “Service Above Self” is evident in her actions, teaching style and how she elevates her students and fellow team members in her daily work. The Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year Committee Chairman, Jesse Lazarus, presented Ms. Hamley with a $1,000 check and plaque at their awards banquet in May.

We know she’ll continue to bring tremendous learning gains to her students in the new school year. Congratulations, Allison!