Sally Lambert named Friend of Education for 2014-15 school year
Steamboat Springs — When Sally Lambert’s son, Shane, was in second grade, she picked up some math curriculum for older children in an effort to keep his sharp mind challenged.
After researching other ways to encourage her son’s affinity for math, Lambert, a regular classroom volunteer, was inspired to begin a math team to further build on Shane’s interest and abilities.
Lambert first formed the team at Soda Creek Elementary in 2012, and last year, more than 40 students in second through fifth grades participated.
In addition to the team responsibilities and math tutoring Lambert volunteers to do each week, the former engineer is also part of the school’s accountability committee and is a representative for the District Accountability Committee. She was also a participant in the district’s strategic planning efforts over the past year and is a regular face in an often very small crowd at school board meetings.
Lambert’s willingness to step up for committees and volunteer opportunities within the Steamboat Springs School District earned her the distinction of being the 2014-15 Friend of Education for the district.
She was recognized with a plaque and brief reception during Monday’s school board meeting.
“I can’t say enough great things about her,” said Cristina Magill, the parent of Soda Creek math team member Suzy Magill and a fellow district volunteer serving on the Education Fund Board and its grant commission.
Magill said Lambert has the ability to see the best in students and let them know that math can be fun.
“She has been an amazing teacher, coach and mentor to math students of all levels at our schools,” said Magill, who was one of multiple people to nominate Lambert for the distinction.
Lambert said she was honored to be recognized as a Friend of Education and was in impressive company with the previous honorees.
“I think staying informed is important,” she said. “I want to help in any way I can to make our students are successful and our district the best it can be.”
Lambert is looking forward to next year, when Shane, now 11, starts attending Steamboat Springs Middle School.
She plans to strengthen the SSMS math team by offering coaching during an intervention period, giving interested students added practice time for math competitions.
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