Hartford Public Schools Honors its Paraeducators
Hartford Public Schools Paraeducator of the Year, Kelly Harris of Milner Middle School
On Thursday August 22, 2019 at Bulkeley High School the AFT-CT, HFP 2221 Paraeductors Union and Hartford Public Schools honored and celebrated our Paraeducators at the Paraeducator of the Year Awards.
Union members were joined by AFT and Hartford Federation of Paraeducators representatives, Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez who presented the awards, Shellye Davis, Assistant Superintendent Dr. June Sellers, Chief of Schools Evette Avila, Janet Serrano, Jackie Aviles, and more.
The work of our Paraeducators is vitally important to our students. It also helps to advance the mission of Hartford Public Schools by inspiring and preparing all students to meet success in and beyond school.
Paraeducators help our students with behavioral challenges, multiple disabilities, and complex medical needs learn to read, walk, talk, smile, communicate, and to be sociable.
Paraeducators go above and beyond daily making sure our students who face the toughest challenges are comfortable, cared for, and learning.
Our nominees exemplify the best that Paraeducators have to offer our beautiful and capable students. They bring their personal and professional commitment to this crucial and indispensable work.
Our 2019-2020 Paraeducator nominees and finalists:
|Nicoletta||Budonaro||Classical Magnet School|
|Leah||Camby Bingham||Breakthrough South Magnet School|
|Anthony||Christie||Bulkeley High School|
|Ada||Darity||MLK Middle School|
|Milagros||Garcia||Betances Early Reading Lab Magnet School|
|Natasha||Goode||Kinsella Performing Arts Magnet School|
|Maritza||Harper||STEM Betances Magnet School|
|Linda||Pavajeau||Pathways Academy of Technology & Design|
|Ashley||Welton||MD Fox School|
|Regina||Whiskeyman||Mary Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School|
Our Top Ten Finalists received a commemorative clock:
|Mayra||Alvarez||Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School|
|Maria||Ayala||HPHS Law and Government|
|Cynthia||Desrocher||Hartford PK Magnet School|
|Sandra||Madar||Early Childhood Dev Team (ECDT)|
|Melissa||Perez||Breakthrough North Magnet School|
|Jaclyn||Sylvestro||Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School|
Our Three Finalists:
Our Paraeducator of the Year for the Hartford Public Schools, Kelly Harris from Milner Middle School (above left) chats with Mayor Luke Bronin and Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.
Kelly Harris is an Inside Suspension Paraeducator and has been a Paraeducator with the Hartford Public Schools since September 2, 1988. Congratulations, Kelly!
Congratulations to our finalists and all of this year’s nominees. We thank you for your dedication, generosity, boundless energy and passion for your work with our children. We are so fortunate and so proud to have you in our district.
Shellye Davis, Mayor Luke Bronin, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez and AFT-CT members.
Paraeducators from Breakthrough South Magnet School join Mayor Bronin and Dr. Torres-Rodriguez
Hartford Public Schools IEP Compliance Manager, Floreca Skrapalli and Special Educator Support Facilitator – 603/Compliance, Luz Fraticelli are joined by Mayor Luke Bronin.