AEA 267 is pleased to announce the winners of the ABC (Above and Beyond the Call of the Paraeducator Profession) Paraeducator Award. This award honors the outstanding work of paraeducators in the schools within AEA 267. This year’s winners are Heidi Rohlfsen, a paraeducator at North Tama Elementary in Traer and Jillynn Johnson, a paraeducator at Lincoln Elementary in Cedar Falls.
Heidi was nominated by two teachers from North Tama who see her as a strong role model for students and teachers alike.
“Heidi not only helps with discipline issues but also has a good rapport with students. They seek her out when they need someone to talk to, share concerns and/or positive things happening in their lives. She talks through problems in a calm and constructive manner. Heidi reinforces and reminds students of their past successes with skills which assists the students in gaining and building confidence,” said Patti Lorenzen, 6th grade teacher.
Jillynn was nominated by two teachers at Lincoln Elementary who praise her years of experience.
“Jill is a skilled educator who goes above and beyond what is required of her to meet the need of students. She has high expectations for students with whom she works and promotes independence in a calm, firm, and caring way through her words and actions,” said Jeanne Schmidt, 4th grade teacher.
The winners were chosen by the AEA 267 Paraeducator Advisory Team and presented with their awards by Dr. Roark Horn, Chief Administrator of AEA 267, Ellen Crayne, Paraeducator Instructor, and Linda Vann, AEA 267 Paraeducator Program Coordinator.
Congratulations, Heidi and Jill, for the difference you make every day in the lives of our students!