Congratulations About Heroes
says "thank you" to three heroes
who go above and beyond
Jocelyn Pranis of Lincoln
Elementary School and Kim Enlow and Joan Feurstein both
of Yates School were the recipients of the
Superintendent's Hero award on Wednesday, February 6.
Pedro Roman, Principal
of Lincoln Elementary School, nominated teacher Jocelyn
Pranis for hero recognition.
"Mrs. Pranis has
devoted endless hours after school assisting in closing
the achievement gap by providing students who are
reading significantly below grade level with intensive
structure reading support," said Roman. "She goes
above and beyond to support our students and school
because of her passion for equity and helping to see
that ALL students, especially students with
disabilities, have the same opportunities to succeed."
also noted that Pranis believes in the importance of
engaging the Lincoln families and has chaired the Parent
Partnership Team (PPT) for many years.
Pranis is a valued member of our team and our students
are fortunate to have such a dedicated and passionate
educator working with them to assist in reaching their
potential," he added.
The students agreed with their principal and expressed
excitement when Superintendent Spring made the surprise
announcement and presentation.
The students already knew their teacher was special as
they had made a poster that included handwritten notes
from each stating why Mrs. Pranis is their hero.
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Joan Feurstein, the
school nurse at Yates, was nominated a hero by principal
Rob Flanders. He said his school nurse goes above
and beyond the call of duty daily.
"She helps feed
families in the community, organizes fund-raising
efforts, arranges transportation for families and is the
key contact for all types of family need," said
Flanders. "She is a role-model in the building who
cares for students and families and sets a positive,
caring tone at Yates School."
thanked her for all that she does each day for the
students at Yates. "You are one of our heroes," he
Enlow, a paraprofessional at Yates, was nominated by
teacher Carrie White for all that she does "above and
beyond her assigned duties on a regular basis."
According to White and Flanders, Enlow assists in
classrooms, plans after school events and has a positive
influence on the children every day. "She does
this all while running the time-out room," said
Flanders. "Her knowledge and understanding or
student needs helps her to create a success plan for
Both Feurstein and
Enlow were surprised when Superintendent Spring dropped
by to recognize them. Enlow, in fact, was walking
up the stairs when she found White, Flanders and Spring
standing outside the classroom waiting to surprise her.
both Feurstein and Enlow with a bouquet of flowers and
expressed how much each means to the Yates community.
The heroes presentations are part
of Superintendent Spring's call to action on the first
day of school. Spring challenged all of the
teachers and school staff to make a difference in the
lives of our students. Since that day in
Proctors, standing before 1,200 Schenectady educators
and staff members, he has remained on a quest to find
our schools' heroes and let them know how much he
appreciates their work. Learn more here:
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