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Longsjo educator honored.

On Dec. 18, the state universities of Massachusetts recognized eight of the commonwealth's outstanding K-12 educators who graduated from the system's teacher preparation programs. Tammi Chandler, mathematics coach at Longsjo Middle School in Fitchburg, was chosen by Fitchburg State University in recognition of her accomplishments as a teacher and as a role model for students for service to the community.

"Tammi Chandler is exemplary of the extraordinary teachers that Fitchburg State and the entire state university system are graduating each and every year,'' said Fitchburg State President Robert V. Antonucci. "These are the great teachers who are adept at helping all students learn and who care deeply about the education and well-being of their students. These are the great teachers who years, even decades later students can recall as making a difference in their lives.''

Ms. Chandler, a native of Fitchburg, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fitchburg State. She has taught middle school mathematics in the city for 11 years. Recognized for her effective teaching practices, Ms. Chandler shifted from teaching to coaching mathematics. Her leadership skills and commitment to the profession have been instrumental in increasing student learning at Longsjo. She is known as a teacher of resilience and a turnaround teacher who embraces the teaching of challenging students.

The outstanding educators saluted in Boston represent eight of the nine campuses across the state university system and received Outstanding Educator Awards for their teaching excellence, especially in the face of challenging situations, as well as their contributions to the communities in which they live and work.

Ceremony attendees also included representatives from state university campuses and education leaders in the Patrick administration, as well as members of the House and Senate.

In response to the increasing demand for food assistance, United Way of North Central Massachusetts made 16 grants to help meet an increasing demand for basic needs.

"We are alarmed at the significant uptick in demand for food, so we have taken this proactive step of making nearly $50,000 in new grants to the frontline providers,'' said UWNCM President Phil Grzewinski.

The following agencies received grants to purchase food: American Red Cross, Battered Women's Resources, Fitchburg/Leominster CAC, Gardner CAC, Our Father's House, Salvation Army, Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Catholic Charities, Ginny's Helping Hand Food Pantry, Spanish American Center, Loaves and Fishes, Gardner VNA Community Services Pantry, Townsend Ecumenical Food Pantry, Montachusett Veterans Outreach and Winchendon Community Action Council.

Enterprise Bank & Trust, Gardner Lodge of Elks 1426, IC Federal Credit Union and Fidelity Bank, along with several individuals, have donated to the fund.

UWNCM created its Supplemental Basic Needs Fund several years ago as a result of the economic downturn, which strained the capacity of local food pantries.

Contributions may be made by calling (978) 345-1577, visiting or mailing to United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Attn: Supplemental Basic Needs Fund, 649 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Residents who need to know where to go for emergency assistance can call 2-1-1, which is a free call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit

The Mass 2-1-1 hotline is prepared to connect callers with help for basic needs and other health and human services.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Jan 3, 2014
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