The Derby Public Schools has selected Pamela Queen as their District Paraeducator of the Year.
The Connecticut State Department and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council has established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement. The award is named in honor of Anne Marie Murphy, a paraeducator who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Queen has been a Paraeducator in the Derby Schools for over twenty years. She has been chosen to receive this award because she has demonstrated excellent skill and dedication to the students, teachers, administrators, co-workers and parents. Queen will be recognized at a ceremony on Oct. 1.
Superintendent of Schools Matthew Conway stated, “That this is the second year that a Derby Paraeducator is being recognized for this award honoring her dedication to the district and community and serving the needs of our children and parents.”
"UE 222, CILU/CIPU is thrilled that Derby Paraeducators are being acknowledged and recognized for the important role they play in helping each student achieve their greatest success. We appreciate the Derby Board of Education's efforts to support these educators!" said Colleen Ezzo, UE Staff Representative.
The Derby Public Schools would also like to recognize its Building Level Paraeducators of the Year – Cheryl Shea at Bradley School, Alisha Proscino at Derby Middle School and Marylou Victor at Irving School.