Tecumseh educator chosen as February Teacher of the Month

Holly Donaghey, a first grade teacher at Barnard Elementary School in Tecumseh, was selected as The Shawnee News-Star’s February Teacher of the Month, an award sponsored by Patriot Auto Group in Chandler.

Each month, a News-Star/Patriot Auto Group Teacher of the Month will be selected from a pool of candidates submitted for consideration at news-star.com/contests.

Donaghey has been an educator for 18 years and she is happy to receive this award.

“It’s very humbling and an honor to be selected because there are so many amazing teachers in our community,” she said. “It’s awesome for someone to recognize when you go the extra mile for a student and want to honor you with this award.”

As the winner, the educator was given a $100 Visa gift card and she said she will use it to purchase new learning materials for her classroom.

Donaghey grew up in Tecumseh and was inspired to go into education by her parents, who were both teachers for Tecumseh Public Schools.

“Like my parents, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children,” she said. “My desire was to love each student as they are and create life-long learners.”

Holly Donaghey and Barnard Elementary School Principal Jana Phelps, left, stand outside the school after Donaghey received her $100 Visa gift card and the title of February Teacher of the Month.

Donaghey graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1997, earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from East Central University in 2002 as well as a Masters Degree in school counseling from ECU in 2005.

The mother of two explained she went into Early Childhood and Elementary Education because she connects well with young children.

“I learned very quickly in my teaching career that some days students need someone to listen to them and know you care before any learning takes place,” she said.

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