UTICA — The Genesis Group is celebrating ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’ by recognizing several area teachers and professionals.
Among them is Heather Gray, a first-grade teacher at N.A. Walbran Elementary School in Oriskany.
“Gray is an exceptional teacher with a heart of gold and always puts her students first,” the Genesis Group recognition says.
“(She) not only goes above and beyond to help her students, but for parents as well. She has always made sure her students had the materials they needed. She would not hesitate to purchase them herself. She also went out of her way to help a special family who was struggling due to medical issues,” the acknowledgment adds. “Gray even took up a collection to help purchase gifts to ensure the family could focus on themselves without worrying about the cost of Christmas.”