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Teresa Maebori

Teacher

Germantown Friends School

Direct Phone: (215) ***-****       

Germantown Friends School

31 West Coulter Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144

United States

Company Description

Germantown Friends School is one of the most academically rigorous schools in the country. Its transcripts state that A and B are honors grades. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, it had the highest average SAT scores in the Philadelphia Region. The ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Teacher
Lower School

Teacher
Third-Fourth Grades

Affiliations

Advisory Board Member
The Fred Rogers Company

Member of The Advisory Board
Family Communications Inc

Web References (22 Total References)


This project and story go back ...

jewishexponent.com [cached]

This project and story go back to 1982, when Teresa Maebori, a teacher at Germantown Friends, was disturbed by a student's reference to someone as a "retard. She wanted her students to move past this kind of labeling and respect one another.

To that end, she took a group of them to HMS, hoping they would interact with the challenged children there.
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Maebori and Green then collaborated on the project.


It all started some 30 years ...

sjmagazine.net [cached]

It all started some 30 years ago when GFS teacher Teresa Maebori wanted her third- and fourth-grade students to make genuine connections with children different from themselves. She got the idea after an assembly in which some students labeled people with physical disabilities "retarded."

"I'm Japanese American, so I knew what it was like to be a minority," she says.
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At the earliest rehearsals, it was as if something rather magical was happening, Maebori says. For some children who had limited speech, the musical was a chance to sing. Others found different ways to express themselves, perhaps by moving to the music or with facial expressions.
"In that first year, we were amazed at the transformation at both schools," says Maebori, who retired last year following the 30th production.


It all started some 30 years ...

sjmagazine.net [cached]

It all started some 30 years ago when GFS teacher Teresa Maebori wanted her third- and fourth-grade students to make genuine connections with children different from themselves. She got the idea after an assembly in which some students labeled people with physical disabilities “retarded.�

“I’m Japanese American, so I knew what it was like to be a minority,� she says. “It was at a time when my father, who had had a stroke, was in a wheelchair, and I realized what handicapped people experienced.�
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At the earliest rehearsals, it was as if something rather magical was happening, Maebori says. For some children who had limited speech, the musical was a chance to sing. Others found different ways to express themselves, perhaps by moving to the music or with facial expressions.
“In that first year, we were amazed at the transformation at both schools,� says Maebori, who retired last year following the 30th production. “In terms of my kids, it was the opportunity to show what is really human about each other, despite differences.


Something Magical Can Happen

www.somethingmagical.org [cached]

After witnessing with outrage a class skit that mimicked people with developmental disabilities, Teresa Maebori, a third/fourth grade teacher at GFS contacted HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in West Philadelphia.

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Each January, Ms. Maebori's students are partnered with HMS youngsters and travel weekly to HMS.


T Maebori Reflections

www.somethingmagical.org [cached]

by Teresa A. Maebori

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Note: The following article was written by GFS teacher Teresa Maebori in 1985, one year after the beginning of the HMS/GFS collaboration.

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