Congratulations Julie Penna!
The Thunderbirds would like to recognize Julie Penna, a fourth-grade teacher at Mittineague Elementary School as this year’s Massachusetts State Lottery Outstanding Educator. Julie was selected from several very deserving nominations, all of who gave their time, energy and complete dedication to those students that they teach in a very challenging time and Julie is no exception. When students first went remote, Julie did everything possible to ensure that they stayed engaged in their work, including producing step by step video instruction for parents and students to understand each lesson and did weekly check-ins with students. In fact, when school started again in the fall, Julie even spent time reaching out to her former students to ensure that they were progressing through the pandemic. And then she picked up right where she left off, making sure her current students were transitioning well, while remaining in contact with parents and students so everyone was well informed at all times. Once classes returned to full in person learning, she worked tirelessly to get the students who may be having some challenges back up to where they should be, doing so in such a positive manner, instilling confidence in each of her students and making learning fun with various activities that she knew would keep students engaged to finish each project and remain focused. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her two sons, working in her garden and loves the beach. Thank you to all of the teachers out there for your time and dedication, especially during some very challenging times, and congratulations to Julie Penna as the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Outstanding Educator.