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Posted May 22, 2017

Debbie Gray, Educational Assistant, Painted Sky Elementary School

Debbie Gray, Educational Assistant

Beloved educational assistant Debbie Gray will retire this year after 22 years of service with APS. Debbie began her career as a long-term EA substitute at Monte Vista Elementary School in 1995 and moved to Whittier Elementary School where Dr. Pat Woodard was principal after becoming full time the following year. Before coming to Painted Sky in 2004, she worked for seven years in the Child Find program at Wherry Elementary School. Debbie deeply values the opportunities she has had to work with many talented staff members at every grade level at Painted Sky. She especially loves working in special education where most of her years have been devoted. She says, “It’s hard to put into words what working for APS has given me. To see a child get the answer to a question for the first time or to be able to read a short story to you by themselves--knowing you have helped them to sound out the words makes the job a joy. There is no better sound than to hear a student say, ‘Thank you for being my teacher!’” Debbie values everything she has received from all her colleagues over the years and remarks that it has been a “deeply fulfilling career.” She and her husband plan to move back to her home state of New York where her children, grandchildren and a great grandson live. “I will play with, encourage and love on them all! Thank you, Painted Sky!”

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