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Celebrating Excellence in Education: Ms. Emily Serway Receives the Russell Award

On the morning of April 13th, Deering High School in Portland, Maine, was abuzz with excitement as Ms. Dame, our esteemed principal, recognized Ms. Emily Serway, one of our outstanding art teachers, with the Russell Award. The Russell Award is an honor bestowed upon one teacher each year who exemplifies a firm commitment to the teaching profession, shares a love for learning with their students, demonstrates intimate involvement in the ongoing life and activities of Deering High School, and displays creative self-renewal in their teaching practices.

Ms. Serway was nominated and selected for this award by her fellow teachers, which makes it even more meaningful. Her unwavering dedication, passion, and contributions to our school community have not gone unnoticed. Ms. Serway has been a beacon of inspiration for both her colleagues and students alike, consistently going above and beyond to make a positive impact in the classroom and beyond.

To celebrate this well-deserved recognition, a light breakfast was shared among the teachers as we congratulated Ms. Serway. It was a joyous occasion, filled with heartfelt congratulations, smiles, and appreciation for Ms. Serway's unwavering commitment to excellence in education.

Ms. Serway's outstanding achievements as an art teacher and her exceptional contributions to Deering High School have truly made a difference in the lives of our students and the overall school community. Her passion for teaching and her ability to inspire a love for learning in her students is commendable, and we are proud to have her as a part of our team.

Once again, congratulations to Ms. Emily Serway on receiving the well-deserved Russell Award. Your dedication and commitment to the teaching profession are truly inspiring, and we look forward to witnessing your continued success in the years to come.

A personal note from Ms. Serway:

Hi everyone,

Thank you all so much for being such wonderful colleagues. I feel really lucky to be a part of such a special school. I've taught in so many places, and while I am thankfully pretty happy wherever I go, Deering has felt like home since day one. I attribute this to you, my incredible colleagues, and to our spectacular students. The community we have built, and continue to strengthen together, is something to be very proud of.

Thank you all for the honor of the Russell Award. It was a real surprise and I'm wildly thankful. I hope each of you has a wonderful, restorative vacation.

All my best,