From Tacoma, Washington, a thank you to "one of Tacoma's outstanding paraprofessionals, for her going above and beyond class work." Janet Caldon praises Christine Wittstock for her participation in a staff development assignment to "smile 10 times to someone who didn't feel like they deserved it, hadn't earned it, or didn't want it:"
“As a colleague of Wittstock, an instructor in the Professional Development program, I believe she has made a profound difference in the life of this student, both now and in the days to come. As a paraeducator, it is sometimes common to think that she is "just a para," when in fact, she is so much more,” explained Caldon. “Wittstock is a life-affirming, co-educator in every sense of the word! Hunt Middle School is blessed to have her in their professional learning community!”
Paraeducator practices smiling skills