917 Inclusive Educator

IGHMS Teacher Earns 917 Inclusive Educator Award
Posted on 02/08/2022
Tammy Gingerich poses with ISD 917 who presented her awardCongratulations to Inver Grove Heights Middle School Science Teacher Tammy Gingerich on being selected for the Intermediate School District 917 Inclusive Educator Award for the 2021-2022 school year! Ms. Gingerich was nominated by her Intermediate School District 917 colleague Lisa Kent for her work to support the inclusion of the unique learners in IGH Middle School. Inver Grove Heights Schools is one of District 917’s nine member districts. As part of District 917, students in member districts receive expanded special education services, alternative learning programming, and career and technical education that schools may not be able to offer on their own. Ms. Gingerich takes advantage of ISD 917’s services to ensure her students get what they need. In her classes, she makes sure students are mastering lessons by offering extra time when students are working in class, making lessons available in a student’s preferred language, and much more.

Intermediate School District 917 created the Inclusive Educator Award as part of Inclusive Schools Week. The week highlights and celebrates the progress that schools have made in implementing inclusive practices to ensure a quality education for an increasingly diverse student population. Intermediate School District 917 created the Inclusive Educator Award to acknowledge the incredible work of educators from their nine member districts.

As part of Ms. Gingerich’s award, she was announced as a winner at the District 917 School Board meeting on January 4. Her award was delivered to her in her first-hour class on February 8 by Ms. Kent, who nominated her, as well as District 917 Dean of Special Education Lori Klein and Assistant Director of Special Education Taylor Thomas. The District 917 staff members thanked Ms. Gingerich for her dedication to her work and for supporting the unique learners at IGH Middle School.