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Educator Tammi Chandler recognized in Boston

Posted 12/19/13

Tammi Chandler holding her awardThe State Universities of Massachusetts recognized eight of the Commonwealth’s outstanding K-12 educators on Wednesday, Dec. 18, who graduated from the system’s teacher preparation programs. Tammi Chandler, mathematics coach at Longsjo Middle School in Fitchburg, was chosen by Fitchburg State in recognition of her accomplishments as a teacher and as a role model for students for service to the community.

“Tammi Chandler is exemplary of the extraordinary teachers that Fitchburg State and the entire State University system are graduating each and every year,” said Fitchburg State President Robert V. Antonucci. “These are the great teachers who are adept at helping all students learn and who care deeply about the education and wellbeing of their students. These are the great teachers who years, even decades later students can recall as making a difference in their lives.”

Chandler, a native of Fitchburg, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fitchburg State. She has taught middle school mathematics in the city for 11 years. Recognized for her effective teaching practices, Chandler shifted from teaching to coaching mathematics. Her leadership skills and commitment to the profession have been instrumental in increasing student learning at the Longsjo Middle School. Her enthusiasm for the profession, and particularly for teaching young adolescents, is unprecedented. She is known as a teacher of resilience and a turnaround teacher who embraces the teaching of challenging students. For her, student success is her greatest reward.

Chandler embodies the Fitchburg State University Education Unit’s conceptual framework. She is a knowledgeable, skillful, caring and ethical educator who is also a reflective leader.

The outstanding educators saluted in Boston represent eight of the nine campuses across the State University System and received awards for their teaching excellence, especially in the face of challenging situations, as well as their contributions to the communities in which they live and work.  Ceremony attendees also included representatives from State University campuses and education leaders in the Patrick administration, as well as members of the House and Senate.

Almost two centuries ago, Massachusetts became the first to recognize the importance of teacher preparation programs by the establishing the first three schools dedicated to educating teachers.  Today, these institutions have grown to become comprehensive state universities educating students in multiple disciplines beyond education.  The Massachusetts State Universities continue to educate more than one-third of all public educators in Massachusetts.

Currently, nearly one-third of all Massachusetts public educators are graduates of the State University System.

Fitchburg State University enrolls 7,000 day and evening students in more than 50 programs of study. The university was established in 1894.

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