Sue Tull Honored With New Fund

Tull Fund for Teaching in a New Age Established to Recognize Extraordinary Support
Posted on 05/23/2021
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Ivymount will honor one of its most committed volunteers by establishing the Tull Fund for Teaching in a New Age. Sue Tull, a former Ivymount board president, committed volunteer over many decades, and generous donor, passed away on May 2, 2021.

 Sue had for decades supported the Ivymount community not only as board president, but also as a long-standing board member, and as a library and classroom volunteer. Asked what inspired her to dedicate so much of her time to working with Ivymount students, Sue once told a colleague, “I came to learn and understand the power of a smile, a listening ear, and a sense of caring in changing how these children see their world and their future. It has been remarkably humbling and rewarding.”

 Through the generosity of Sue and her husband, Bill, Ivymount established the Tull Enrichment Fund in 2005, which has awarded IvyShares fellowships to almost 500 staff members who undertook special projects that enhanced programs and services for students. The results of those projects have reinforced Ivymount’s standing as a nationally recognized special education facility.

Sue was the honorary chair of Ivymount’s 50th Anniversary Benefit and received the Heart of Ivymount award, established to recognize an individual who inspires and guides students and others in the school community to reach their highest potential. In 2011, Sue was named a Distinguished Citizen by MANSEF, the Maryland Association of Non-Public Special Education Facilities, as further endorsement of her contributions to special education through advocacy and awareness-building in the business, legislative, and financial communities.

The new Tull Fund for Teaching in a New Age will support the establishment of a training center, the acquisition of technology to enhance in-school and remote teaching, and technology upgrades to the library. It will also further development of support to area teachers, therapists, and administrators so that Ivymount’s expertise continues to be shared with the broad special education community.

 “Sue’s dedication to students was at the heart of her commitment to promoting excellence through professional development opportunities and support for staff,” said Susan Holt, Executive Director and CEO of Ivymount School and Programs. “She wanted students to receive the best possible educational and therapeutic services. We’re so pleased that the new fund will honor the passion and caring that Sue shared for so many years with our students, families, and staff.”

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