Mrs. Glenn Receives Service Appreciation Award
Each year, the DAHS chapter of the National Honor Society gives special recognition to a community member or group who has provided a service to Lisbon's schools, students, or our educational programs.
This years’ service appreciation award goes to Mrs. Deborah Glenn. Mrs. Glenn is a DAHS alumnus and graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Mrs. Glenn then continued her education at Youngstown State University earning a master’s degree in special education.
Mrs. Glenn’s dream as a child was to be a teacher. She only wanted to teach second or third grade and only wanted to teach in Lisbon schools. As a very confident college senior, Mrs. Glenn decided in January, prior to graduation, that she would apply for a job in Lisbon. Mrs. Glenn knew that the superintendent, Mr. Means, would immediately offer her a job when seeing how much she wanted to teach. However, Mrs. Glenn did not realize that schools did not hire in January for the following school year and that there were no openings in Lisbon.
So Mrs. Glenn applied to other schools, just in case, but also visited Mr. Means every time she was home from college and every week in the summer. By August, Mrs. Glenn was being offered jobs in other districts. Mrs. Glenn made one last visit to Mr. Means. He had never met anyone who wanted to teach so badly and created a job just for Mrs. Glenn. At the time, there was no Learning Disabilities unit at the high school, so Mr. Means procured funding for the unit and offered the teaching position to Mrs. Glenn with the understanding that she could move to the elementary school once a position became available. Forty-one years later, Mrs. Glenn is retiring from that same high school intervention specialist position, where she was truly meant to be. Mrs. Glenn would like to say, “Thank you Mr. Means and thank you, Lisbon."
During her 41-year career, Mrs. Glenn spent 9 years as the cheerleading advisor and 28 years as the student council advisor. She has also served as a department chair and as a mentor teacher.
Mrs. Glenn has many wonderful memories and many funny memories – too many to narrow down to just one. One reason that Mrs. Glenn loves teaching is that it is never boring! Every day teaching is truly an adventure. Mrs. Glenn’s favorite quote comes from Dr. Suess, “Only you can control your future."
Mrs. Glenn is fortunate to have taught in the same district where her, her husband and her two daughters graduated. Two of her proudest moments are when her oldest daughter, Lauren, joined the teaching staff, and her youngest daughter, Caitlin, was the guest speaker of DAHS commencement.
After 41 years teaching full time, Mrs. Glenn has decided to retire to spend time with her family, including her husband, Henry, and children, Lauren and Caitlin.
We wish Mrs. Glenn all the best in this new chapter of her life. We are proud to honor her with the 2020 National Honor Society Service Appreciation Award.
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