Two Local Educators Honored


Congratulations are in order for two Wabash Valley educators, as they have each been honored with a very generous grant for their innovative teaching programs.

Joyce Roads of Terre Haute North High School and Sharon Manley of Terre Town Elementary School, were selected as winners of the Voya Financial Unsung Heroes Program.

Through the Voya Unsung Heroes Program, Voya Financial awards grants to K-12 educators nationwide to honor their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence their students. Since it’s start in 1996, the program has awarded over $5 million in grants to more than 2,000 educators across the U.S.

Roads and Manley were each awarded the National Unsung Hero Award and a $2,000 grant, for their creative and inspiring styles of teaching.

“I’m thrilled because I think it’s going to have a huge impact on the Terre Town community, as well as the Hoosier Prairie community and so i feel like this is a great way for us to build relationships with our schools and the families that we serve.” said Sharon Manley, Terre Town Asst. Principal.

Out of 1,200 applicants, only 100 were selected winners, including those two. Now they both go on to compete with other finalists for one of the top three prizes: an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

From all of us here at WTWO, we’d like to say congratulations to both educators and we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming competition!

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