Submitted by Cory Haley, Panorama Elementary,Temple Hills, MD
It gives me great pleasure to highlight Ms. Desha Casey as an Outstanding Paraeducator. She is a young woman who brings with her a strong academic background, innovative professional qualities and is an accomplished educator. Ms. Casey has excellent leadership ability and I have been able to observe, support and embrace her unique style that extends beyond the classroom. As a co-worker who has worked closely with Ms. Casey, below are only a few of her many qualities and accomplishments that I have observed. She has:
- Developed, designed, and implemented curricula -- from developing courses to personally delivering training to employees at a variety of levels.
- Counseled individuals including staff, parents, and employees in both academic and discipline matters, as well as educational opportunities.
- Effectively taught children of differing abilities.
Additionally, she possesses a highly effective management style that creates a positive learning environment sparking an interest and academic success. More importantly she demonstrates great respect for students and appreciates their differences. Ms. Casey believes that all students provided with an imaginative education thoroughly grounded in curriculum can learn. She has that innate ability to keep focus on the tempo of the class and maintain structure while imparting knowledge. She will be a champion educator among the school's faculty and challenge all of her students for global success.