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Starfish Stories/Claudia Zebell

Published 5:02pm Monday, March 4, 2013


I have had the honor and the privilege of knowing Claudia Zebell for many years.  She actually served as the inspiration behind the Starfish Story concept.

I believe Claudia measures her life just as Margaret Mead writes based on her contribution to her fellow human beings.  That is why I believe she is a perfect person to be showcased as a Starfish Story.

She currently serves on the Dowagiac Board of Education.

She has over the past 13 years volunteered for almost every group or organization in Dowagiac.

She coached the Sister Lakes spelling bee team, PTO treasurer, served as vice president and treasurer for Band Boosters and was a member of Athletic Boosters.

In addition to local volunteerism, she has gone out of the country to Zambia to help build schools.  John Eby refers to her in a previous article as a “professional volunteer” for the school district and community.

Claudia has lived in Dowagiac 13 years and is married to Steve, a music teacher.  She has three children.  Blake graduated four years ago, Craig graduated last year and Anne is a freshman.

Craig and both contributed to the opening school day video “Thanking their teachers for making a difference!”

Claudia definitely leads by example and her children are following in her footsteps.

In every decision Claudia makes she thinks about what is good for our students, staff, school and community.  She gives people the benefit of the doubt and gives them a hand up if they need it.  I have worked with Claudia on several committees and, as a board member, I can truly say Claudia believes and lives by the Starfish motto, “It matters to this one!”


Deputy Superintendent


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