NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — As the school year winds down, we wanted to recognize local educators who go above and beyond to make a difference. Our very first 3News Education All-Star is Karen Lamson - a North Royalton teacher who shares a very special connection with the student who nominated her.
"I’m… I just can’t… The words can’t even express right now. I had no idea. I'm so humbled," said a tearful Lamson when faculty, staff, students, and 3News surprised her with the honor on Wednesday. The St. Albert the Great 6th grade Social Studies teacher and 25-year educator has had a rough year.
"At the very beginning of the school year, my husband actually had a heart attack. He almost didn't make it. I was very scary for a while," said Lamson.
So, when one of Mrs. Lamson’s students Lillianna - or Lilly - heard about our contest, she said writing in was a must.
"My mom saw the ad, and she told me during dinner, and I said 'Oh, yeah. I’m totally doing that.' In my letter I wrote 'It’s been a tough year for her family, nonetheless she takes care of her students like they are family," said Lilly.
Lilly’s father recently also suffered a heart attack, then had a stroke.
"I think that’s another reason why Lilly and I actually have a connection. We've both been there for each other during a dark time," said Lamson.
"It feels so comfortable when you talk to her. Almost like you can tell her anything. Now she knows how much the whole 6th grade and me love her," said Lilly.
And that’s where the saying “Not all heroes wear capes” comes from. Sometimes it’s simply how you show up in someone’s life that saves the day.
"She’ll forever be engraved in my memory as not just an outstanding educator, but an outstanding person," Lilly read from her nomination letter.
She gave Mrs. Lamson flowers and a beautiful angel figurine. 3News gave Mrs. Lamson a $100 gift card and a bag of fun 3News swag to take home. By the way, Mrs. Lamson’s husband made a full recovery, and although Lilly’s father still has a ways to go, he says he’s doing well.
Stay tuned to Education Station all month long as we continue to award Education All-Stars honors to teachers who make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students. Congratulations Mrs. Lamson!
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