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Barbara Gazette

Position: Guidance Counselor
School: Liberty-Benton Elementary School
School District: Liberty-Benton Local Schools
City, State: Findlay, OH

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Barbara Gazette was nominated by Pamela Makowski, one of her family members.

Mrs. Gazette has been dealing with so many challenges over the past year, and her thoughtfulness and compassion have come through. She has had to counsel students who have lost family members due to COVID, in addition to her regular duties, which include testing, individual counseling, group counseling, and social skills counseling.

The students love her, and she has made an impact on each of them. When she was out sick for a prolonged period of time, the students made an amazing video to show how much they missed her.  She has even reached out for donations to help families in need. During the height of the pandemic, she personally delivered many lunches to children in need.

"Her commitment to her community has always been amazing.  She has turned what, to some, may just be a job, into a mission," said Makowski.