Rector educator honored in Hall of Fame

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RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - A long-time Rector educator is one of two inductees into the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) Hall of Fame for 2009.

Gail Burns will be inducted Saturday, September 12 at the EdTA Annual Conference at Anaheim, California in the Anaheim Marriott.

Hall of Fame inductees are EdTA members nominated for the honor by a peer or student for dedicating twenty or more years of service to theatre education. Ms. Burns has taught in Rector Public Schools since 1974.

"Gail is a listener, a visionary, a friend, and a spokesperson for the arts," says Gainesville (GA) High School educator Pam Ware, who nominated Burns for the EdTA Hall of Fame. "She believes in offering opportunities to her students and is respected by young and old alike. I have never seen her when she was not gracious and caring about others. Involvement is her middle name."

"It is a special kind of person who answers the call to be a teacher," says EdTA Executive Director Michael J. Peitz. "A teacher must have a passion not only for their field of expertise, but also for sharing that knowledge with their students. In her more than three decades as a teacher, Gail Burns has been the very definition of that passion. Her commitment to her students and to the field of theatre education is unwavering. She is most deserving of induction into the EdTA Hall of Fame."

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