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Maud Mulvany

Position: Education Specialist
School: Central Elementary School
School District: South Bay Union School District
City, State: Imperial Beach, CA

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Maud Mulvany was nominated by her principal, Cori Herbst-Loehr.

As an education specialist, Ms. Mulvany's focus is on special education students. She provides instruction and assessment/program planning, and she monitors and evaluates student progress and behavior. She also researches and provides instructional materials for special education services, serves as an informational resource for students, families, and staff, and works to ensure the individual needs of each student are being met.

Ms. Mulvany demonstrates a consistent practice of putting student needs first and builds a classroom environment in which all scholars thrive. In the last two years, her students have shown consistently high growth compared to their peers. One of the highlights of her school’s student achievement data is the performance and growth of Central’s special education students in grades 4-6. Last year, 100% of Ms. Mulvany's students made significant progress toward their goals in both state assessments and District reading benchmarks.  Most of her students grew at least one grade level (if not two or three levels) in reading proficiency.  This is a phenomenal achievement for any student, particularly those with special needs.

Ms. Mulvany is also a treasured colleague and friend to both school staff and the families of the students she serves.  She is unfailingly honest and kind, even when she has challenging messages to deliver.  She practices integrity and is firm in her expectations for student behavior and their educational development.

"Maud is, without a doubt, her students' loudest and most supportive champion," said Herbst-Loehr. "She develops thoughtful citizens of the world, and we are proud that she chooses to teach in South Bay."


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Comments (11)


Teresa Garcia Posted 2 days ago

Maud is absolutely deserving of this nomination. She is a champion for all her students and I appreciate how thoughtful she is when approaching each of her students’ academic, social and emotional needs. In turn, I am always impressed by how much her students improve socially and academically under her wing. Furthermore, she is someone that has a passion to continually educate herself and others on what works best for students. As a school psychologist, I always enjoy working with educators such as Maud because she never gives up on her students.

Sally Posted 2 days ago

It’s not just her students who are inspired. Her friends are also touched by her enthusiasm and positive energy. I count myself lucky to be included in the (large) circle of people who are better for knowing her.

Lindsey Skeuse Posted 2 days ago

Mauds passion for her kids never goes unnoticed. She always speaks fondly of them whenever we visit. In today’s society, it’s so wonderful to know there are teachers present like Maud to help others grow into their best self. She takes the time to show each child how special they are and that they have a seat at any table. Proud niece right here ??

Mo McElroy Posted 2 days ago

Maud is an education superhero. Her teaching is rigorous and engaging with high expectations for her students with varied learning strengths and challenges. I have been an educator for 32 years and have the honor to have worked with Maud for 15 of those years. She is, without question THE most excellent, caring, all-in teacher that I have ever known. Her students love her, and oh do they learn! It’s amazing to see their growth over the course of a year. If Maud doesn’t deserve this award, I don’t know who does.

Mary Hilliard Posted 2 days ago

No surprise to read this about Maud. She has a huge talent for helping others. Her spirit is sweet and her caring is shown in the way she supports her students.

Kilee Lamm Posted 2 days ago

If I could bring even an ounce of the joy Maud brings to her students with me each and everyday, I’d be a better person. I am so grateful our paths crossed.

Lori & Dennis Mulvany Posted 3 days ago

We are very proud of Maud, our sister in law for the past 11 years. This nomination comes as no surprise to us! We know what a dedicated teacher she is how much she loves her students. We always enjoy hearing stories about “her kids” and how happy she is about their accomplishments. Well deserved recognition!

Bill Holder Posted 3 days ago

As long as I’ve known Maud, which has been 50+ years, I have known her to be kind, giving, respectful and above all empathetic. Always a contributor. Perfect attributes for a teacher, especially a special needs teacher. Her nomination is no surprise. Go Maudy!

Cori Herbst Posted 3 days ago

Maud Mulvany demands excellence from her students and never fails to expect their success. From the minute she arrives to the moment she leaves her commitment to our scholars in unyielding. Every student who has Ms. Mulvany as a teacher grows academically, socially and emotionally. Central is grateful for Maud!

Sandra Vasquez Posted 3 days ago

Ms. Mulvany is a consistent role-model of a teacher who expects all students at Central to strive for excellence in academics and behaviorally. She embraces her students and families as a part of her own personnel accountability and maintains these relationships to support student success. She is a lovely asset to our Central Community.

Karina Rodriguez Posted 4 days ago

Ms. Mulvany is a caring teacher who leads her students toward success. She always has a kind smile to offer. Her students know that she cares about them and she sets high expectations for them. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful and thoughtful teacher in our staff at Central Elementary.