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Vote For a Local Person of the Year

Who do you think should be our Person of the Year for 2012?

Earlier this week we asked our readers to nominate a local resident or someone affiliated with Reading or North Reading for Patch's Person of the Year award. 

After votes last year, our person of the year in 2011 was Connor Doherty. Doherty is a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Afghanistan from March to October last year.

Here are the nominations we received via email and social media for the Person of the Year for 2012:

  • Coach Frank Carey, coach at NRHS
  • Sarah Lentz, kindergarten teacher at the Barrows School in Reading
  • Lindsay Barnes-Felix, who contributes to and supports the community
  • Arline Lumb Garlington, who works and cares for the elderly

Please cast your vote for one of these people in the comments section below.

Honorable Mention: We received nominations for Victoria Soto, the 27-year-old who died trying to protect her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Newtown shooting. Although she is more than worthy of this award, we are looking for someone who lives or works in Reading or North Reading.

Allison A December 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Sarah Lentz! We couldn't have asked for a more caring, warm hearted and devoted teacher when our oldest had her and we are so happy that our youngest will have her next year! Just about every day she asks me how many more days until she has Ms Lentz! We LOVE her!!!!
Mary H. December 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Sarah Lentz. She makes the introduction to school an easy one. She is kind, caring and funny. The children learn so much with her - whether she has 17 kids in her class or 23 . . . she handles it all with grace. We love Ms. Lentz!
Ellen LaMarche December 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I feel so lucky that Sarah chose teaching as a profession, and even more lucky that my girls have had the special experience of being in her class. Sarah is truly one in a million. I have no doubt that she cares as much about my child's development and growth as I do - and she has the skill and commitment to make every child's time in kindergarten a success. She is warm, funny, loving and understanding. Sarah is a treasure.
Betsy December 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Sarah Lentz! I feel so fortunate that both my kids had her for kindergarten. She's warm, funny, creative and full of energy. She makes kindergarten so much fun for the kids (and parents too!). It was a wonderful introduction to the Reading school system for our whole family.
Deanna Dodge December 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
OUR VOTE IS FOR SARAH LENTZ!!!! She is our first experience with a teacher in the public school setting and we could not be happier with you. She is simply amazing - a true gift for all of our children. Our daughter LOVES to go to school each and every day and is blossoming into a such a wonderful little girl curious about everything around her. In light of the recent events in CT, you realize more than ever, how precious time is and how important it is for your child to be simply and purely happy. I know that Sarah gives my child and all the other student she has taught and continues to teach, the most happiness a child could ever ask for - I do not want want to go to full day kindergarten because I want to be guaranteed Ms. Lentz for my next three children to come through Barrows School!
Sue December 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sarah Lentz!! She not only is a talented and caring teacher but she also is gracious, loving and immensely compassionate. All my three kids have had her for kindergarten and love her. She was born to teach and we are so fortunate to have her in our community!
Maria December 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I can't say enough good things about Sarah Lentz. She is a truly gifted teacher. We're so lucky to have her in Reading.
Jenn Romboli December 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
All three of my daughters have had Sarah Lentz and each will tell you what a wonderful teacher she is. Sarah is truly one of those people who has made a difference in my girls' lives. They will always look back on their Kindergarten experience with her and say she is someone who inspired them to learn. She goes above and beyond in her profession and it is refreshing to know someone who sincerely loves what they do.
Monique Perrier Napolitano December 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I vote for Sarah Lentz, Kindergarten Teacher at the Barrows School as well, for all the same reasons that Jennifer Calvert Maldonado mentioned. My 8 yr. old had Ms. Lentz and now my 6 yr. old has Ms. Lentz for a Kindergarten Teacher. My 6 yr. old can't wait to go to school everyday just to see Ms. Lentz. Sarah Lentz is a very kind, caring and sensitive person and very devoted to her "Kids". Any child who has had the pleasure of having Ms. Sarah Lentz for a Kindergarten Teacher is the luckiest kid ever. And as a parent I feel lucky as well that both my girls had the pleasure of having her for a teacher. You know a teacher has made a huge impact on your child's life when they have gone off to middle school and on their way home from school stops in the Barrows playground just to say Hi to Ms. Lentz and give her a hug. She is just an amazing and incredible person!
Sandra Palermo December 21, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Sarah Lentz!!
Ted Cartwright December 21, 2012 at 08:05 PM
My vote is for Arline !! I for one am glad there are people willing to help those at the other end of the age spectrum. "Elderly" can be a lonely, scary and helpless place. It's comforting to know there will be someone there to do for the people that can't do for themselves.
Nika December 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Ms.Lentz! She dedicates so much of her time and energy to make learning fun. She is just fantastic!
Lindsay Felix December 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM
As kind as it is to be nominated for "Local Person of the Year" in NR Patch, there are many other residents that deserve this nomination and do just as much within our community, if not more, then I do. I truly enjoy giving back to NR and surrounding communities and participating in every way I do. Thank you dearly for this nomination but I personally believe Coach Frank Carey is truly the "Local Person of the Year" in NR. Coach Carey began his career in NR as a teacher. I recall having him as my gym teacher here in NR and his values are carried with me through today. I remember particular moments and conversations that he took the time to have with me as a young rebellious child growing up in NR. Along with his teaching career, generations later are blessed to have him as a coach. And not just a typical coach, but one that instills values, goals and dreams in every child he interacts with. My oldest son participates in his summer baseball school and thinks the world of Coach Carey! My oldest son first met Coach Carey as a coach on the field at a Lynn Spirits Minor League baseball game and to this day can honestly say that the regard each of his players have, each of his admirers have and each of his students have is a very high regard. Coach Carey's success on and off the field is immeasurable to those who have personally gained a piece of their own character merely because of having Coach Carey, at some point, as a part of their lives.
Kelly Trahan December 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Sarah Lentz...We have been blessed to able to have had Sarah as a teacher and it is so comforting to know that she cares for our children as much as we do as parents.
Danielle Whitmer December 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Sarah Lentz!!! Both of my boys have been so blessed to have had her as a teacher!!!
Laura December 22, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Sarah Lentz. So many wonderful things have been said about her above, and they are all 100% true! She is a witty, energetic teacher who makes learning fun for her young students, and a fantastic communicator who keeps parents informed of classroom and school happenings through weekly newsletters and frequent emails. More importantly, she has created for her students a friendly, respectful environment that fosters learning and creativity. We are very fortunate to have her!
April Northrup December 22, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Sarah Lentz. Every day she helps my son and all of her students to learn phonics, writing, math, and all the other vital parts of the curriculum, in a very short time, and fosters their excitement to learn. Ms. Lentz is helping them make the transition from play-based preschool to curriculum-based elementary school in a way that encourages them to love school all their lives!
Lindsey McCarthy December 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Sarah Lentz - she is a great educator, a champion for the kids and a cheerleader for the classroom. She eases the kids' anxiety and she promotes their learning in a fun, safe environment. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her approach is effective. She is a great asset to the Barrows school and the community of Reading.
Heather Stepler December 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Sarah Lentz - I can't imagine a better kindergarten teacher. She is a very dedicated and effective teacher who consistently goes above and beyond. We love her enthusiasm in the classroom and feel lucky to have her!
Mary C.O.B. December 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sarah Lentz!
Anne D. December 22, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Definitely Sarah Lentz. She is a credit to her profession.
Barry December 23, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Why does it seem that there is an orchestrated campaign to honor Sarah Lentz, whoever she may be?
Joseph December 23, 2012 at 06:12 AM
You seem to be questioning the entire point of a community-nominated poll.
Mary B December 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Frank Carey has my vote. Any teacher/coach who has logged in more than 40 years working with high school students, bringing home several championships not to mention more than 600 wins is deserving of the Person of the Year. Especially in 2012 when North Reading did not have a "star" player to carry the team, just good old fashioned practice sweat and team working brought the championship title home again to North Reading.
Mary B December 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree. I am sure Ms. Lenz is very nice caring and dedicated teacher, however it seems she has a very good room mother too!!!
Patchfan December 26, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Arline Lumb-Garlington is an amazing woman who works very hard providing elderly care and inspiration.
Cbeck321 December 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Sarah Lentz is an amazing teacher, loving sister/aunt and the most amazing friend a girl could have. Reading is blessed to have her inspire and teach their children. Her patience, humor and dedication far surpass the expectations of a Reading Public Schools teacher. She exceeds every expectation of the kindergarten parents, is meeting the needs of all her learners and is progressing towards being Teacher of the year!!!!
Kim W. December 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Sarah Lentz! She is a truly gifted educator. The best there is. My children were lucky to have such a fun, dedicated professional as their introduction to the Reading school system.
Ashley Troutman December 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Hi Sandra! Thank you for the vote. Do you have a photo of her you could send to me? Please email it to ashley.troutman@patch.com. Thanks so much!
Jaime Quinn January 01, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Sarah Lentz is an amazing educator. Sarah loves teaching and is always looking for better ways to educate her students. Anyone who has been lucky enough to come in contact with her, is inspired by her dedication to teaching.

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