SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Mary Gaston, a teacher for visually impaired students throughout the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD), was recognized Tuesday as the Rotary Club's recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award for the fall quarter.
"Since 1985, Mary has been providing support to students in southern SB County. She is extremely dedicated and student-centered," said John Schettler, Director of Special Education, Santa Barbara Unified School District, who nominated Gaston. "Mary is well-liked and respected by her colleagues and the families she has served over the years. She is an absolute asset to the Santa Barbara community."
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara bestowed Gaston with $1,000 dollars and a plaque.
"I help students who are visually impaired to learn in the way that fits them best and teach them to use adapted materials and equipment throughout the school day and at home when needed," said Gaston.
"Ms. Gaston's dedication to students with visual impairments epitomizes the devotion of our Santa Barbara County teachers," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido, whose office coordinates the recognition with the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. "We appreciate the support of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara and the recognition they provide to teachers. These awards are a reflection of our community, which truly values education."