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Making a difference for Finneytown: Glenda Bedinghaus

Posted on: November 28, 2016

Known for being conscientious, kind and good-natured, Glenda Bedinghaus is the Finneytown Support Staff Member of the Month. The entire district sends congratulations -- and thanks -- to Glenda.

 

Glenda Bedinghaus grew up in Norwood. She attended Norwood High School and studied dental assisting at Scarlet Oaks. Before becoming a special education assistant for Finneytown Schools, Glenda worked in dental assisting, restaurant management, telemarketing and insurance. She also owned a singing-telegram company, coordinated children’s parties and ran an in-home daycare business.

In 1999 Glenda was ready for a change and came to Finneytown Schools. Becoming a special education assistant allowed her to have the same school schedule as her children. She also found it extremely fulfilling to work with students with special needs. Glenda has worked at the Secondary Campus and is now at Whitaker Elementary.

Glenda and her husband will soon celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. They have a 27-year-old son who is a fireman/paramedic, a 23-year-old son who is studying to become an electrician, and a 9-year-old son who enjoys sports. Favorite family activities include camping, fishing, hunting, and grilling out together. Glenda also enjoys going to worship, spending time with family and friends, and playing board games.

When asked to recall a favorite memory about Finneytown Schools, Glenda shared the story of working with a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. The student had many challenges with math and confided in Glenda that “the words got in the way.” Glenda took this information to his case manager and together they copied the symbols on the calculator and transferred them to his homework and classwork materials. By using symbols rather than words, he became more successful at math. Glenda said that it was amazing to watch him overcome an area of difficulty.

Glenda would like to be known for “making a positive difference in the life of a child or adult I come in contact with each and every day.”

 Glenda, you do exactly that -- thank you!