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Teacher of The Year 2017

Jaime Jess

West End Memorial is proud to announce Mrs. Jess as its 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Jess is a third grade teacher at West End who works tirelessly to support all learners. She collaborates with her grade level peers to implement new lessons and ideas in her classroom and in third grade. She works closely with support staff in the building to plan lessons and meet the individual needs of her learners. With a heavy focus on technology in the classroom and the ability to teach to student needs, Mrs. Jess finds great success growing independent learners.

It is truly a pleasure to have Mrs. Jess with us at West End.  Congratulations!

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Teacher of The Year 2016

Helen Gorham

West End Memorial is proud to announce Mrs. Gorham as its 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.

As a teacher of kindergarten students, Mrs. Gorham works hard to provide numerous opportunities to build “learning stamina” in the classroom.  She provides hands-on experiences so that her young learners can gain exposure to new concepts across the curriculum. She is often collaborating with her grade level peers as well as colleagues in the building so that she can continue to provide an outstanding program to her students. Students continue to be challenged to extend their thinking while being taught by Mrs. Gorham. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Mrs. Gorham coordinates Valentines for Veterans, a program where the entire school community gives thanks to our Veterans during the month of February.  Each year, this program is equally appreciated by our staff and students as well as the veterans who receive the letters of appreciation.

It is truly a pleasure to have Mrs. Gorham with us at West End. Congratulations!

Helen Gorham photo


Teacher of The Year 2015

Maria Gassner

West End Memorial is proud to announce Mrs. Gassner as its 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Gassner is a true advocate for all of her learners. She personalizes an educational program for each of her students based on individual needs. She is often found collaborating with her support staff and outside resources to make every opportunity a meaningful experience. As a result of her dedication and personalization, all of her students make tremendous growth socially, emotionally, and academically.

As a teacher of students with special needs, Mrs. Gassner aims to increase the opportunities for her students to be mainstreamed with their age alike peers. Year after year, Mrs. Gassner is successful with this goal as her students continue to gain valuable experiences both in and out of the classroom. It is truly remarkable to watch the positive impact Mrs. Gassner has on every student she works with.

It is truly a pleasure to have Mrs. Gassner with us at West End.  Congratulations!

Maria Gassner Photo