(From left): Judi Maynard, former principal of Chamberlin School; Literacy Coach Julie Graham with the Lyman C. Hunt award; and Holly Rouelle, current principal of Chamberlin School.

Chamberlin’s Graham Honored

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Thursday December 13, 2012

At the Vermont Council on Reading’s fall conference, Chamberlin School educator Julie Graham was honored with the annual Lyman C. Hunt, Jr. Award, which is awarded annually by the Executive Board of the Vermont Council on Reading.  The award is given to an individual who demonstrates that he or she has a philosophy of reading, which includes a true love of books, recognition of the importance of silent reading, compassion for the low-powered reader, integration of reading and other learning areas, and  a knowledge of children’s literature.
Julie was nominated by Pat Gallant, RTII Project Coordinator and Assistant Research Professor for the Vermont Reads Institute.  She eloquently describes Julie’s contribution to the field of education, saying, “Through a career that spans three decades, Julie Graham has contributed significantly to the field of reading in Vermont through her positive leadership as a special educator, classroom teacher, Title 1 teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Literacy Coach, and professional development presenter.  Throughout these roles, her philosophy and approach to teaching reading exemplify the principles acclaimed by the late Lyman C. Hunt.”
 In her nomination letter of support, Chamberlin Elementary teacher Jennifer Opel describes Julie’s current contributions as a literacy coach. “In her role as Literacy Coach at Chamberlin School, Julie has spearheaded our literacy action committee.  The focus of our literacy plan right now is to implement Reading Workshop.  To this end, Julie has organized valuable professional development, helped teachers think about assessments, aided in collecting valuable data, and worked tirelessly to move Chamberlin toward best practice in classroom reading instruction.  Her collegial manner sets the tone for professional development in our school, where everyone listens respectfully to each other and is open to suggestions to improve practice in reading instruction.”
Former principal, Judi Maynard, recognizes Julie’s greatest strength as an educator. “Julie is to be highly commended for her advocacy on behalf of our young learners, particularly those who struggle to be successful.  Julie consistently displays the courage and will to do what is right for children…always.”  Ms. Graham was honored at a November 30th luncheon at the Davis Center on the UVM campus.

SOURCE: Chamberlin School