Wire Village Teacher Honored Thanks to Student

— When Wire Village Elementary School first grade teacher Anne Mulrain entered the auditorium last Monday morning, she never could have guessed that the packed crowd was there to congratulate her.

But then members of the 96.1 WSRS morning radio team stepped before the podium and announced Mulrain as their Teacher of the Month selection. Mulrain was nominated for the honor by one of her students, Ryan Marsden, who wrote a letter to the radio station explaining why his teacher was the best choice for Teacher of the Month.

And his letter was so compelling that it led to SRS morning team members Suzanne Lewis and Greg Bedard visiting WVES to present the award to Mulrain. Fittingly, the event took place on the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week.

“Our building is filled with incredible teachers, but we were honored to get the news that one of our students had nominated her for this award,” said WVES Principal Linda Stanelun.

Presented by UniBank, the radio station’s Teacher of the Month program runs from September to June, recognizing outstanding teachers throughout the area. While most teachers’ memories fade from the minds of students over the years, educators like Mulrain are never forgotten. She was credited by students and staff alike for going the extra mile for her students.

“It is always touching when students and parents take the time to thank a teacher, let alone write a [nomination] letter to a radio station,” Mulrain said. “I love my first grade students, and I thank Ryan for doing this.”

At the May 1 ceremony at WVES, several of Mulrain’s former students now in higher grades attended the presentation to show their support. Staff members and parents were also in attendance, as well as officials from the superintendent’s office.

“Teaching is not just a profession – it’s a calling. What a wonderful way to initiate Teacher Appreciation Week at our school,” Stanelun added.

For district officials, it’s important to see teachers recognized for all of their hard work. Earlier this year, David Prouty High School science teacher Mary McLaughlin earned a Massachusetts Insight Education Partners in Excellence Teacher Award. Several other district educators have been recognized with various awards in recent years as well.

In recognition of Mulrain’s efforts – as well as Ryan Marsden’s willingness to nominate her – the radio team provided both student and teacher with several gift certificates and other awards. 

BY KEVIN FLANDERS, STONEBRIDGE STAFF WRITER, SPENCER NEW LEADER • Friday, May 12, 2017