Jonesville, Michigan Teacher Honored for Helping Student Triumph Over Trauma

Receives $5,000 award and story by award-winning author

Washington, DC - June 1, 2019

Rachel Mandrelle, a third grade teacher at Williams Elementary School in Jonesville, Michigan, has been given the prestigious national Honored teaching award for June.  As part of her honor, Mandrelle received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 gift card, and was profiled by award-winning author Natasha Friend.

Mandrelle was nominated for the Honored award by Courtney Lynn Raymond, the mother of her young student, Branson Blair, who had experienced significant trauma in his life before joining Mandrelle’s class.  In the wake of his father’s suicide, Branson was struggling both academically and emotionally.  Mandrelle used a combination of deep compassion and brain research to help him triumph over adversity.  As Raymond says, “I have been astounded by the lengths to which Mrs. Mandrelle has gone to understand what Branson is going through and to do everything in her power to help him succeed in school.”

Read the full story of Rachel Mandrelle and Branson Blair here.

About Honored

Honored is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspiring a new generation of talent to pursue teaching. Each month, Honored shines a spotlight on a teacher who has changed the life of a single student. The Honoree receives a $5,000 cash award, and Honored partners with a world-class writer to tell their story. Honorees are selected from K-12 teachers of all subjects at public, private and charter schools across the country. Honored’s National Advisory Board includes luminaries such as the internationally best-selling author Michael Lewis, founder Charles Best, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, and FEED cofounder Lauren Bush Lauren.

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