AUSTIN, Texas — Sept. 28, 2016 — PeopleAdmin, a leader in talent management software for K-12 and higher education, today announced the latest honoree of its Inspired2Educate recognition program for her inspiring story about how one educator helped her find a passion for learning in an unconventional way — by appealing to her love of gymnastics.
Marjorie Masse, a math interventionist at Westford Public Schools in Westford, Massachusetts, told of Mrs. Smith, a gym instructor who made such an impression on her as a second-grader that Masse would go on to credit Mrs. Smith for her becoming a school teacher, a university instructor, and the person she is today.
“I was finally good at something at school!” Masse wrote in her Inspried2Educate submission. “She showed me a book with [gymnastics] moves and values. There under the beam, I learned to add ¼ and ½,” she said. “I practiced while Mrs. Smith talked about fractions, gravity, momentum, and muscle cells. She spoke of history and maps. I jumped and twirled, and began to know that the world was interesting.”
PeopleAdmin CEO Kermit Randa awarded Masse with a scholarship today at a school assembly in Chelmsford, in front of about 350 students who were excited to see one of their school’s teachers recognized. Randa also awarded the school with a scholarship as well.
“Marjorie Masse is an incredible example of how one teacher’s compassion can inspire the entire course of a student’s lifetime,” Randa said. “She honors the legacy of her teachers — from Mrs. Smith to the college professor who encouraged her to move out of the science lab and into the classroom — each and every day by helping her students feel valued and empowered to learn.”
Inspired2Educate, a PeopleAdmin program begun in February, encourages current education professionals at all K-20 schools and grades — from kindergarten to Ph.D. programs — to nominate via video or in writing a teacher, administrator, or staff member who inspired them to start their careers in education.
Masse went on to major in microbiology and later received her teaching certificate and Master’s in Education. She began her career in higher education, imparting to young teaching candidates the fundamentals of math and science, and now works with young students in grades three, four and five. “I am one of the lucky ones. Someone saw me as worthwhile,” she said. “Someone tried and cared deeply about a student who couldn’t read or write, yet!”
Masse’s principal at Westford Public School, Kevin Regan, highlights her compassionate approach as the secret behind her success. “She’s just so student-centered. And that may sound like a cliché, but to me, somebody that puts the students at the center of their work really is here for the right reason,” he said. “We’re so lucky to have her.”