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Myrick, Wiley named teachers of year

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Two Marion Community Schools teachers have been named teachers of the year for their efforts in special education.

The Grant County Special Education Cooperative honored Mandy Myrick and Dee Wiley, who both teach at Frances Slocum Elementary School, during its autism education fair on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Myrick is in her second year with MCS, and in her first working in special education.

"I knew I wanted to be a special education teacher since I was in sixth grade, when I volunteered as a peer helper in my school's life skills classroom," she said.

She went on to be a cadet teacher in a functional academics room when she was a senior in high school, and she also was a nanny for a boy with autism - both of which confirmed her desire to major in special education in college, she said.

Myrick earned a double major at Purdue University, in mild interventions and elementary education. During her time at Purdue, she worked in a group home for adults with disabilities and during summers worked as a counselor at Camp Riley, a camp for children with disabilities.

She graduated from Purdue in 2011 and moved to Marion, where her husband had obtained a job as an industrial engineer at Dunham's Distribution Center. In the 2011-12 school year, she worked as a resource teacher at Justice Intermediate School. 

In the 2012-13 school year, she moved to Frances Slocum Elementary, where she works in special education.

She is also working toward her master's degree in severe interventions at Ball State University.

Wiley is a veteran teacher for MCS and has been working in special education for 16 years.

She started at Kendall Elementary School, where she taught the Herman reading program from 1992 through 1997.

For the following two school years, she split her time between Allen and Frances Slocum elementaries. She has been at Frances Slocum full-time ever since.

In the 2004-05 school year, she also earned the Mary Clark Hanley Award for Teaching Excellence, which was initiated in spring 2000 to recognize outstanding teachers in MCS elementary schools. She also chaired the student study team for 10 years.

She also is proud to note that she has three sons who started in kindergarten at MCS and graduated from Marion High School.

Marion Community Schools congratulates Myrick and Wiley for their honor. The two were also recognized by the MCS Board of School Trustees. Learn more about that honor here.