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April 29, 2011

Margaret King

Author: NYSUT Communications

Margaret King is a second-grade teacher at Medford Elementary School and a member of the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers. She has taught for 28 years and was honored last year with the Alfred Williams Literacy Award, which recognizes individuals dedicated to improving the nation's literacy rates.

Margaret’s love of literacy goes beyond class time. She founded a summer bookmobile in her community; turned an empty room in her school building into a resource center for students and their parents to work together; keeps baskets of books in the lunchroom; and regularly stocks a rack at a local Laundromat with children’s books.

Her principal, Frances Lizewski, told the Long Island newspaper, Newsday: “She is that person who goes the extra mile. She has a love of literacy and a passion for pages. Books are her most precious possession.”

Margaret recently shared her story in a statewide radio advertisement. Hear her story.