Local Teacher Wins National "Unsung Heroes" Award

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Dawn Galloway, a life-skills teacher at A&M Consolidated High School, was honored Thursday for her hard work.

At a check presentation, ING U.S. Financial Services honored Galloway through the ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program.

For the past 11 years, the program recognizes 100 teachers across the country each year who have developed innovative learning programs that make a positive impact on the children they teach.

Galloway received a check for $2000 from ING.

"I've got the best job in the world," Galloway said. "They're (students) just so sweet, so smart and just great all over."

Galloway's proposed program, "Tiger Biz", is designed to provide a real-life vocational experience for students with disabilities.

The objective is to create an opportunity for students to cultivate skills that will allow them to live as independently as possible after graduation. From operations and maintenance to ordering supplies and managing finances, students will explore their interests and talents in a structured environment. The students will create a business plan, establish an organizational structure, elect officers, and determine operational procedures.

The business will focus on printing materials like wedding and party napkins.

Since handing out the first award in 1996, the program has now awarded more than $2.5 million to more than 1000 educators across the United States. The 2006 ING Unsung Heroes winners were selected from a group of more than 1,100 applications.

"ING is proud to honor educators like Dawn Galloway as they strive to make a difference in the lives of America's schoolchildren," said Bill Jasien, senior vice president of ING U.S. Financial Services. "Our company is committed to education, and at the heart of it are teachers who work tirelessly and go above and beyond in their dedication to our youth. ING is honored to award these teachers across the United States and to be a part of building a strong foundation for our future leaders of tomorrow."