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Big Spring High School

Big Spring High School in Newville.

Dolores Shank, a frequent substitute teacher at the Big Spring School District’s high school and middle school, earned the Impact Award this week from ESS|Source4Teachers.

The award, which recognizes substitute teachers for their exemplary record of service, is being presented during the National Education Association’s 96th Annual American Education Week on Substitute Educators Day.

“American Education Week is an ideal moment to recognize the exceptional work of substitute teachers like Dolores,” said ESS|Source4Teachers CEO Buddy Helton. “She plays an important role in Big Spring School District’s educational environment and consistently provides high-quality, professional teaching in the classroom.”

Shank was hired by ESS|Source4Teachers in September 2015 and has since worked 210 assignments at the Big Spring School District, with 22 more assignments scheduled through March 2018. Before retiring in 2004, Shank was a full-time math teacher at Big Spring High School. She is a substitute teacher for all subject classes.

“I am very humbled by this award,” Shank said. “There are a lot of teachers who do good things, so I’m very appreciative I was recognized. I am also happy that my home district gets to share in the recognition.”

The ESS|Source4Teachers Impact Award was created in 2014 to recognize a substitute teacher or school aide from the organization’s national network of 400 partner school districts.

“Mrs. Shank is an amazing and dedicated educator who relates well to students and is greatly respected by our staff,” said Big Spring High School Principal Bill August. “She is flexible and able to adapt to whatever instructional setting in which she’s placed. We are lucky to have her in our building and, as a building administrator, I know that wherever she is on any given day, learning is going to take place in her classroom.”

As part of her recognition, ESS|Source4Teachers is providing Shank with a cash award of $500 and an additional $500 to be donated to the school of her choice, which is Big Spring High School.