Teacher born without arms is an inspiration to her students

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A Lakewood teacher is inspiring students and staff by teaching in a unique way, according to a report from WJW.

Mary Gannon, a Lakewood math tutor at Harding Middle School, was born without arms.

Gannon, who grew up in an orphanage in Mexico and was adopted by an Ohio family at age 7, does not like being called handicapped.

“It’s not a bad thing.  I’m different, but I try not to use that word because it has a negative bias.  I’m not able to do certain things,” said Gannon.


Gannon said she always wants to help people and teaching is a great way to do it.

“If it’s gonna inspire or help people for them to be or do better in their lives then I’m okay with that and I hope that people gain something from me,” said Gannon.

Gannon can even drive.  Her license plate says it all… “Happy Feet.”