Carolyn Delaney (left), a 7th grade instructor at Woodbrook Middle School receives a check for $1,000 from Lakewood Wal-Mart store manager Jesse Walton with Mary Linquist of Wal-Mart and Nancy LaChapelle, Woodbrook principal. The money will be used to fund a 7th grade field trip to the Museum of Flight.
Woodbrook Middle School 7th grade instructor Carolyn Delaney was selected by the Lakewood Wal-Mart as its Teacher of the Year.
Jesse Walton, Wal-Mart’s Lakewood store manager, presented Delaney with a teacher of the year certificate and t-shirt along with a $100 gift card to be used for school supplies. Additionally, a $1,000 check was donated to Woodbrook in Delaney’s name.
“On behalf of Wal-Mart, it gives me great pleasure and pride to have been involved in this special occasion. We at Wal-Mart look forward to future community events and building relationships with our local community,” said Walton.
The award came as a surprise to Delaney as employees at Woodbrook scheduled an assembly to ostensibly honor instructors as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Delaney didn’t have a clue that the assembly was totally in her honor.
“The announcement was made just as I reached my seat and it felt as though the entire gym erupted. Cheering, clapping; the faces of students, peers and friends were incredible. The memory of that moment will always remain with me,” said Delaney.
Former Woodbrook student Rebekka Shelp nominated Delaney. Shelp is currently a freshman at Lakes High School.
“Mrs. Delaney is really sweet. Every year she chooses a country to study. Students do projects to raise money for needy people in the specific country chosen by Mrs. Delaney,” said Shelp.
“Mrs. Delaney is always there for students when they need help or have a problem,” said Shelp.