Glenda Ward has dedicated her entire career to preparing our Spartans for a successful future. As a special education teacher for 32 years, 18 years at Maine-Endwell, Ward continues to be committed to the well-being and overall development of her students.
This commitment is evident to her peers and because of Ward’s exemplary dedication to her students and profession she is the recipient of the 2019 Maine-Endwell Teachers’ Association Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given annually to a person who exemplifies excellence in teaching at Maine-Endwell, significantly influences the lives of students, and contributes to the success of his or her school community.
Life skills are important to all students at every age. In 2012, Ward was instrumental in bringing the 8:1:1 Life Skills classroom to the Middle School and later brought the curriculum to the High School. She has “developed a curriculum that includes all subject areas, self-help skills, work related skills, and daily living. In addition, she must create a daily schedule that accommodates Adaptive PE, Occupational and Physical therapies, and Speech and Language therapy.”
Ward’s efforts don’t stop at her classroom door. Her own volunteerism with groups that include M-EALS, Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society, has an impact on her students. Under her guidance they are active members of their school community and are involved with helping out the M-EALS program by sorting food, the district sports teams by assisting with laundry duties, they stock vending machines and even show their green thumbs by tending to the plants around their school. Thanks to Ward’s efforts, they have secured work related volunteer opportunities at local organizations and businesses.
Inside and outside of the classroom, Ward is helping our students develop into successful, community-minded Spartans. “Her ethical standards make each student reach their highest potential.”