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Payson Schools administrator Barbara Fitzgerald helps train teachers.

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‘Helping is not doing’

Fitzgerald’s educational philosophy wins top award

Early in what proved an award-winning career, Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald noticed something interesting in her elementary school computer lab: The boys always controlled the mouse. “Every time there was a mixed sex group, even if a girl sat alone and asked for help, the boy would control the mouse and do the work for the girl,” said Fitzgerald. She mulled over the problem. Seeing the boys did the work for the girls instead of helping them do it themselves, she started telling the children, “Helping is not doing.” That observation grew into her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject and helped define an educational philosophy that led to a recent statewide award as at the Payson Unified School District.

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