Shira Grabelsky

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
2008 Recipient


Shira feels that one of her most important accomplishments was helping Deaf women who were victims of domestic violence. To do this, she had to get a lot of people together, manage all the details, and raise enough money to fund her programs; she is very proud that she was able to do that.


Shira is challenged by people who assume that she can’t do something because she does not have enough experience or because they have low expectations for her. Throughout high school she had to fight for her right to be placed in academically challenging classes. She recently earned a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Advice to Horace Mann Students

“I encourage all of you to visualize your goals, think about all the things you need to do, make a plan, and then take one step at a time as you work towards achieving your goal. It’s hard work, but you can do it. Do everything you have to do to make your dreams come true.”

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