Farmington Schools honors special staff with Golden Apple awards

Farmington Public Schools’ Special Education Services recognized more than 20 special education teachers and staff, who all epitomize excellence in teaching and education, during the 2016 Annual Golden Apple Awards.

Golden Apple Awards
Staff members and nominators celebrate the Golden Apple Awards. (contributed photo)

Parents were asked to nominate staff members who had gone above and beyond in student achievement, communication, peer support, relationships, transitions, social skills, inclusion, vocational support or other areas. On May 19, 2016 these 24 people were honored:

  • Natalie Aliseo – Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Vincent Bellante – Special Education Teacher
  • Colleen Brinker – General Education Teacher
  • Kathryn Cannon – Special Education Teacher
  • Kory Cioroch – Special Education Teacher
  • Amy Daliege – Special Education Teacher
  • Kelley Emmett – Special Education Teacher
  • Cassie Hack – Special Education Teacher
  • Jonathan Herstein – Special Education Teacher
  • Hilary Holmes – Special Education Teacher
  • Herb James – Special Education Teacher
  • Susan Kanai – Special Education Teacher
  • Lauren Krawec – Occupational Therapist
  • Cindy Loveland – Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Kim Marquette – Teacher Consultant
  • Wendy Marshick – Special Education Teacher
  • Kristen Nelson – Special Education Teacher
  • Jackie Pinter – Special Education Teacher
  • Annarita Schultz – Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Luanne Easterday-Stinson – Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Julia Surabian – Speech Pathologist
  • Doreen Swift – General Education Teacher
  • David Verbeke – General Education Teacher
  • Leslie Virag – Special Education Paraprofessional

“The Special Education Department is proud of the dedication and commitment of our staff and are honored to celebrate them annually,” said Jacqueline McDougal, the Director of Special Education at Farmington Public Schools. “It is so good to know that parents also recognize the love and hard work that goes into supporting our students. The fun part about this year is that general education teachers, who have embraced our population, were also included. We appreciate all that teachers and paraprofessionals do to support students to become the best they can be.”

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