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Teacher’s aide gets special surprise from favorite artist

Teachers in the Emotionally Disturbed Unit located at Noble 4-5 Elementary School go the extra mile for their students, one teacher’s aide was given a surprise shout-out from one of her favorite artists as a thank you.

The ED unit classroom is run by the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (NCOESC) and is located at Noble. The classroom services students from area schools of varying grade levels.

The classroom is headed up by MaryJo Roeder with her teacher’s aide Debbie Hamilton.

Roeder said she and Hamilton have worked together for the past 16-years, two years at Noble. Roeder herself has been in special education for 37 years.

“I could not function without her,” Roeder said of Hamilton.

Hamilton helps to provide the children with behavior support and help those children who may be struggling throughout the day.

“All of these students love her,” Roeder said. “She also helps keep me organized.”

Lead Occupational Therapist with NCOESC Jessica Heitman spends time in the classroom at Noble each Thursday.

“The teachers in the classroom take the extra mile and always do whatever they can to make their students feel loved and supported,” Heitman said. “For instance, these teachers frequently spend their own money to buy clothes, supplies, food, etc. for their kids. Each morning the kids are welcomed by hugs and warm praises. It’s been an absolute honor to be working in their classroom.”

Heitman has connections with Jamie Dull who is a native of Tiffin and a student of Tiffin City Schools. Dull also happens to be a band member for singer Katie Kadan.

Kadan was a contestant on the NBC show “The Voice” and happens to be one of Hamilton’s favorite artist.

Heitman reached out to Dull who in turn reached out to Kadan who then sent a personal message to Hamilton (affectionately known as “Miss Debbie).

Roeder and Heitman surprised Hamilton with the video message Thursday morning.

Kadan has been a teacher herself having taught music said in her message, “You are loved and appreciated…make sure to take that extra time for yourself.”

“This is pretty awesome,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said she listens to Kadan’s music each morning before coming into work and while working out.

“I love her music and attitude,” Hamilton said. “She is so happy and free spirited. I love everything about her.”

Hamilton said she wanted to get involved in the special education field at a young age when she was placed on a bus with students who struggled with varying disabilities.

“I love the work I do,” Hamilton said. “I enjoy being able to help students and see the growth they make everyday.”

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