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Deborah Leatherman

Position: Special Education Teacher
School: Joplin High School
School District: Joplin Schools
City, State: Joplin , MO

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Deborah Leatherman was nominated by her principal, Stephen Gilbreth.

Mrs. Leatherman has spent her career changing young lives. She has been a special education teacher at Joplin High School for many years. She has worked with struggling students who, in many cases, are at risk of dropping out. Mrs. Leatherman has made it possible for so many students to succeed beyond high school. She has also organized a program called "Fairy Godmother." This program has been responsilbe for getting countless students nice clothes to wear to their high school proms. Thanks to Mrs. Leatherman's efforts, much of this program is free to students, especially young ladies who would otherwise never be able to afford a prom dress.

"Mrs. Leatherman has made a profound mark on so many students and made so much possible through her kind heart and hard work," said Gilbreth. "She is so deserving of recognition for her lifetime of efforts of changing young lives."

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