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Nan Gallivan, Kenmore East High School Teacher Aide

Nan Gallivan, Kenmore East High School Teacher Aide

Nan Gallivan, Kenmore East High School Teacher Aide

Nan Gallivan was hired as a classroom aide for a special education class on December 13th 1988, 33 years ago, all at Kenmore East and all in the same classroom. While she has helped hundreds of special needs students with academics, social needs and emotional needs, she has always been there to help countless kids outside the classroom as well. For starters, her special love has been doing the scorebook for the Ken East girls’ basketball team for over 30 years. She’s developed a special bond with countless girl athletes during that time. Many times, the girls would come into her classroom asking her advice about personal problems or just stopping to say hi. Also on her long list of accomplishments includes chaperoning dozens of school dances, proms, Join the Winners nights and other special events. She supervises track meets, baseball, softball and football games. Nan has volunteered for the Kenmore Special Olympics including spearheading the fundraising to buy the athletes uniforms and sweat suits. Nan was the Class Advisor for the Class of 1998. She was the Student Congress advisor for a few years. She was a test proctor for many Saturdays for the SATs. She was a hardy volunteer sleeper at the Jerry Starr Annual Sleepout. She did Locks For Love one year at school to raise money. She is a K.E. Cornerstone Award recipient and a 2002 Kenmore East High School Hall of Fame inductee. Back in her classroom Mrs. Gallivan was a tireless fundraiser for the kids. The students always enjoyed field trips and to do them the class needed money. Nan single handedly led no less than four fundraisers per year every year so the kids could go places they may not otherwise go to, including overnight trips, which Nan would go on as well. The overnight trips were on her own personal time which she never minded. Mrs. Gallivan is the longest tenured staff member at Ken East by far. Her heart is like the school mascot, the Bulldog: loyal, dedicated, proud. She loves working with children and it shows every day. Kenmore East has been a better place because of her.