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Rocklin teacher Martha Stewart Show-bound for makeover

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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A Rocklin teacher will be recognized on a national level next week. Complete with a head to toe makeover and $1,500 for Granite Oaks Middle School, language arts teacher Shannon Maveety will unveil her new look Sept. 22 on The Martha Stewart Show. Maveety is one of seven winners of the Jones New York in the Classroom “Back to School, Back to Style” contest, where the search was on for the most deserving educators. Maveety was nominated by her sister, Erin Hicks. Maveety said she believes her sister nominated her because she’s witnessed the strong relationships she builds with her students. Last year Maveety was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma. Before she underwent treatment, Maveety’s walls were filled with encouraging notes, cards and pictures from current and former students. Maveety, who is now in remission, has been teaching at Granite Oaks Middle School for four years. Before that, she taught soon-to-be teachers at the college level in the Bay Area. Maveety said teaching is “in my blood” as both her parents studied to be teachers. She said it’s all about her students – what she enjoys most about her profession. “The students – their excitement and their energy,” she said. “Instantly I know if I’m doing a good job. Instantly I know if I’m doing a bad job.” Her students’ faces are giveaways to if they understand the material, she said. Maveety will be leaving her students for a few days to undergo a wardrobe makeover with the help of Jones New York and Macys, as part of her winnings through the contest. Not only will she get spruced up, she will be featured on The Martha Stewart Show Sept. 22 where her transformation will be revealed. She is also the recipient of $500 for her classroom, which she said will be used to buy a class set of the book “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Granite Oaks Middle School will also receive $1,000. According to Stephanie McInerney, assistant marketing manager for Jones New York, they received 1,300 nominations from across the country. To narrow the nominations down, the committee was looking for meaningful nominations – someone who goes above the call of duty as a teacher, McInerney said. “Shannon’s nomination was so moving,” McInerney wrote in an e-mail. “It described how she is valued at the school not only by administration and fellow peers, but by her students and their parents. She goes out of her way to make sure her students are cared for.” Maveety said when she found out she had won, she was overwhelmed. “It was overwhelming just because I think every teacher is phenomenal and has a story to tell,” she said. To follow the makeover, go to www.jnyintheclassroom.org.