State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) honored local retiring educator, Pam Wilhelm, on the House floor for her accomplishments achieved throughout her 30 year teaching career.

Pam Wilhelm, an educator at Leipsic Elementary, was the recipient of the Ohio Department of Education’s Outstanding Title I Teacher of the year in 2007. She has also played an integral role in helping Leipsic Elementary meet its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for their students with disabilities for the past seven years, according to the Ohio Department of Education’s school year report card.

Among her many accolades and accomplishments, most notable is her work as coordinator of Project MORE. Project MORE is a program that offers one-on-one reading intervention and mentoring to students with disabilities. Wilhelm has been the coordinator of Project MORE since 1999. During that time she has connected 1,050 students with over 1,700 community volunteer mentors, resulting in 86,306 mentoring sessions over the course of thirteen years.

“It was my privilege to have to opportunity to honor such an extraordinary educator,” said Rep. Wachtmann. “Pam’s dedication to overcoming educational hurdles with creativity and tenacity has resulted in higher educational standards at Leipsic Elementary and a more close-knit community. During her 30 years in the teaching field she has undoubtedly changed the lives of many students in and around the Leipsic community.”

Despite her retirement, Pam Wilhelm will continue to invest in the educational goals of students in her community. Pam and her husband, John, offer a $500 annual scholarship award to outstanding senior mentors who volunteer their time to Project MORE.


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