Jefferson Award Winner helps to change lives

She thought she would become an elementary education teacher.  But a request from a school secretary changed that.

One day, Tricia Gibbons was asked if she would substitute in a class of students with intellectual disabilities.  Gibbons said yes.  Soon, she returned to school to received a certification so she could teach those students full time.  Today, she says she can’t imagine doing anything else.  She loves it, and, a lot of other people are happy with her decision because Gibbons changes lives.

Her principal, Deborah Kollross, says Gibbons has a challenging day.  But she constantly goes above and beyond.  When Gibbons sees a need, she acts.  She not only helped create a food pantry at the school, she was instrumental in what is called the "Logan Locker," providing clothing to students who need some help.  When a student received devastating news about a parent’s health, Gibbons helped the family with a fundraiser.  These are only a few of the projects on which she is constantly involved.  But she wants to be clear about her many contributions.  She says no one person is responsible – it’s always a team effort, part of what she refers to as "the Logan family."

If you know someone like Tricia Gibbons who helps to make the community an even better place to live, consider a Jefferson Award nomination.  You can go to our website’s Jefferson Awards page for information.

We choose one deserving recipient each month.

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