BARKHAMSTED/PRESS RELEASE — Riverton Grange #169 member Tami Weeks was honored recently as a Front-Line Hero for her outstanding service during the pandemic going above and beyond serving her special needs students. Tami is a 30-year special education teacher employed by the town of Winchester. She works at The Gilbert School and teaches special education high school. Before her nomination, Tami has been called an extremely dedicated teacher by co-workers and administrators and has been known to deliver food to students and their families who could not afford it and drop off homework and makeup work on her own time to students who have been out of class for prolonged periods. During the pandemic, nothing can measure up to her dedication and care for her students. She worked tirelessly during the pandemic, as so many have, helping to figure out the technical end of things in regards to information technology and virtual learning, support of the administration, coordinating meetings for Special Education, scheduling and rescheduling, re-assuring students daily on their school and personal life, counseling and supporting them with their fears and frustrations regarding the virus, administering and managing her Teacher Assistant team, and many other day to day things, while at the same time… being a teacher. She truly worked an average of fifty to sixty hours a week all during the pandemic up until the last day of school this past year. Congratulations Tami on being named a Front-Line Hero!