Big Spring Substitute Teacher Receives “Impact Award”

November 21, 2017

ESS | Source4Teachers announced the award for Dolores Shank during the National Education Association’s 96th Annual American Education Week

CHERRY HILL, NJ – ESS | Source4Teachers, a leading national provider of education managed solutions for K-12 schools, today announced Dolores Shank as the recipient of its fourth annual “Impact Award” – the highest honor the company bestows on an employee. Shank is a frequent substitute teacher at the Big Spring School District’s high school and middle school.

The award, which recognizes substitute teachers for their exemplary record of service, is being presented during the National Education Association’s (NEA) 96th Annual American Education Week on Substitute Educators Day.

“American Education Week is an ideal moment to recognize the exceptional work of substitute teachers like Dolores,” said ESS | Source4Teachers CEO, Buddy Helton.  “She plays an important role in Big Spring School District’s educational environment and consistently provides high-quality, professional teaching in the classroom.”

Shank was hired by ESS | Source4Teachers in September 2015 and has since worked 210 assignments at the Big Spring School District, with 22 more assignments scheduled through March 2018. Before retiring in 2004, Shank was a full-time math teacher at Big Spring High School. She currently is a substitute teacher for all subject classes.

“I am very humbled by this award,” Shank said. “There are a lot of teachers who do good things, so I’m very appreciative I was recognized. I am also happy that my home district gets to share in the recognition.”

The ESS | Source4Teachers Impact Award was created in 2014 to recognize a substitute teacher or school aide from the organization’s national network of 400 partner school districts based on the following criteria:

  • Total number of days worked in a one-year period (November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017)
  • Feedback from the school district(s) that the substitute serves
  • Proven commitment to going above and beyond what is expected of the substitute role

“Mrs. Shank is an amazing and dedicated educator who relates well to students and is greatly respected by our staff,” said Big Spring High School Principal, Bill August. “She is flexible and able to adapt to whatever instructional setting in which she’s placed. We are lucky to have her in our building and, as a building administrator, I know that wherever she is on any given day, learning is going to take place in her classroom.”

As part of her recognition, ESS | Source4Teachers is providing Shank with a cash award of $500 and an additional $500 to be donated to the school of her choice, which is Big Spring High School. ESS | Source4Teachers will also present her with an oversized check and crystal apple trophy on Friday, Nov. 17.

Coming from a family of educators, Shank initially started her career as a teacher at the Big Spring School District when she graduated from Dickinson College in 1987. In addition to teaching, Shank spends her time ballroom dancing and she also has a weekly show on Dickinson College’s radio station.

“I appreciate ESS | Source4Teachers recognizing the people they employ, and I encourage anyone who can substitute to sign up,” said Shank. “We need to keep working for the kids.”

About ESS | Source4Teachers:
Established in 2000, ESS | Source4Teachers is a leading national provider of managed solutions in K-12 education. It recruits, hires, trains, places, and manages qualified substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff for school districts in 15 states throughout the United States. Each day, the organization fills more than 10,000 daily, long-term, and permanent school assignments for more than 400 partners serving 1.5 million students. For more information, call (877) 983-2244 or visit or