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Dr. Susan McGilvray-Rivet - George I. Sanchez Memorial Award

Local Leader To Receive NEA Human and Civil Rights Award


WASHINGTON - July 02, 2008 -

Dr. Susan McGilvray-Rivet, a Massachusetts educator for 30 years, will receive the National Education Association's George I. Sanchez Memorial Award at the Association's 42nd annual Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner on July 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

The award is presented for distinguished leadership in education and honors an individual whose activities have made significant improvements in educational opportunities and advanced the achievement of equal opportunity for Hispanics.

"Dr. Susan McGilvray-Rivet has been an advocate for children for many years," says NEA President Reg Weaver. "She understands that what works for some students doesn't always work for others, and she continually strives to deliver a quality public school education to every child."

McGilvray-Rivet is the director of bilingual education for Framingham Public Schools. She has devoted her career to creating, through bilingual education, a culture of possibility for non-native speakers. Not only has she been articulate in defense of bilingual programs for their effectiveness in bringing learners to proficiency in English, but she has stood by her words as well, maintaining and expanding the program she established over 10 years ago in the public schools of Framingham.

Beginning in 1977 as an elementary bilingual Spanish teacher in Lawrence, McGilvray-Rivet has been employed in Massachusetts schools for over three decades. She assumed her position in Framingham in 1994. A graduate in elementary education and Spanish from Wittenberg University, she holds both M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Boston University.

Minerva Gonzalez, principal of the Barbieri Elementary School, writes of her, "Her lifelong commitment to education has significantly impacted the lives of the children in our community and the community itself."

George I. Sanchez (1906-1972) was an educator, historian and author in the United States, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.  He devoted 50 years of his life to the education of Mexican, Navajo and Black children and is known as the "father of the movement for quality education for Mexican Americans."

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

Contact: Celeste Fernandez  (202) 822-7823