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Local Educator Awarded Grant

Gia O'Malley, a dedicated educator at Nokomis Junior High, has been awarded a grant by the Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Key Woman Educators. The grant will be used to enhance the educational experience of 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students in Nokomis through the purchase of supplementary materials and books for an Anne Frank unit.


O'Malley teaches reading at Nokomis Junior High, is committed to improving the educational opportunities for her students. This grant will play a crucial role in achieving this goal. It will enable her to provide students with a more comprehensive and enriching learning experience, enhancing their understanding of various topics.


Gia O'Malley's journey in education began at Lincoln Land Community College, followed by earning her bachelor's degree in Child, Family Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield. After working with the Special Education Cooperative in Sangamon County, she decided to further her education and became a teacher.


Her teaching experience includes substitute teaching in Nokomis, Pana, and Taylorville, as well as teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students at the Alternative School in Morrisonville. She spent 25 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in the Nokomis Community School District #22 before transitioning to her current role at Nokomis Junior High.


The prominent educator is married to Charlie O'Malley, and is a proud mother of two daughters, Ally and Abby. Ally recently graduated from the University of Illinois, while Abby is currently a junior at Nokomis High School.


Expressing her gratitude, Gia O'Malley acknowledges the generous donation from the Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. The Phi Chapter's members reside in several local communities, including Nokomis, Pana, Pawnee, Taylorville, Shelbyville, Cowden, Mt. Olive, and Springfield. Their support demonstrates a strong commitment to education and the community.


O'Malley's dedication to her students and her tireless efforts to enhance their learning experience make her a well-deserving recipient of this grant. The entire community looks forward to the positive impact this grant will have on the education of Nokomis Junior High students.

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