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Once she thought she was going to be a lawyer, but she reconsidered because she didn’t want a career that didn’t fit into her personality and plans.
"I thought I cannot do something boring," she said. "I want to do something fun and challenging."
Fun and challenging can almost sum up her teaching experience, and she said it’s gratifying to hear from past students.
"It’s really fun when students say they remember something I did a thousand years later," she said.
One of her students, Richard Woods, said he remembered a time when Mahoskey let the class throw a party for another teacher. He also said he appreciates how patient his teacher is.
"Basically, she gives us a second chance and a fifth chance," Woods said.
Fellow teacher Courtney Lee, who teaches kindergarten at Liberty, nominated Mahoskey for the Huntsman Award.
"Judy goes above and beyond for her students and also for her school and the community," Lee said. "You can tell her kids respect her and each other."
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