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FRAMINGHAM – Sara Hamerla has dedicated her life to children both personally and professionally, and today, she received a Commonwealth Heroine Award.

As a teacher and K-12 administrator, she has been able to work in a variety of instructional programs including: Spanish transitional bilingual, Portuguese transitional bilingual, Spanish dual immersion, and sheltered English.

She was nominated for the award by Framingham State Rep. Maria Robinson.

“Sara is incredibly giving, humble, and kind, and she is one of those people who is always putting others, especially our most vulnerable in our community, first. I’m grateful to know her and that she gives so much of herself for Framingham,” said Rep. Robinson on social media.

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Hamerla co-authored The K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations and is a thought leader in the K-12 academic space.

As a mother who has fostered over 20 children with her husband Perry, she is incredibly active in her biological, adopted, and foster children’s lives, including leading a Girl Scout troop.

“I am honored to be recognized alongside Donna Wresinski, an inspiring Framingham Public School educator. I have learned so much from and with Framingham teachers, students, and families,” said Hamerla.

“Over the past years, my own children (biological, adoptive, and foster) have been enrolled in almost every school in FPS! FPS strives to educate children in all areas: social emotional, academic, linguistic, anti-racist, and cultural. I hope to continue this work for many more years.”

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Editor’s Note: Hamerla provided her quote in two languages.

“Me siento honrada de ser reconocida junto a Donna Wresinski, una inspiradora educadora de las Escuelas Públicas de Framingham. He aprendido mucho de los maestros, estudiantes y familias en Framingham. En los últimos años, mis propios hijos (biológicos, adoptivos y de crianza) han estudiado en casi todas las escuelas de FPS! FPS se esfuerza por educar a los niños en todas las áreas: social, emocional, académica, lingüística, antirracista y cultural. Espero continuar este trabajo por muchos años más”.

Hamerla is the kind of person that asks people to bring bilingual books for the Framingham Public Schools to her birthday party and continues to grow her engagement in our community, said Rep. Robinson in nominating her.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful woman like Sara here in Framingham,” said Robinson in nominating her.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.