LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jessica Joseph

Position: Autistic Support Teacher
School: Milton Area Middle School
School District: Milton Area School District
City, State: Milton, PA

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Jessica Joseph was nominated by her friend, Robert Raben, who has known her for over 8 years.

This is Ms. Joseph's first full year of teaching, and she demonstrates every day why she is not your run of the mill teacher. Ms. Joseph volunteered to work in autistic support, and even though she knows how difficult it can be, she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. She is the kind of teacher who spends hours of her own time coming up with new ideas and strategies to help her students engage with their studies. She has never said a bad word about a student or her job, even after some of the toughest days.

Ms. Joseph will spend the majority of her paycheck buying supplies for her classroom. She always asks her students to help her decorate the classroom so that they feel safe, and so they don't have to worry about anything else going on outside of class. She doesn't always receive the necessary tools to help facilitate learning, but she always makes due with what she is given and finds innovative ways to use old supplies.

Ms. Joseph is such a positive role model for her school. Whether she's baking cookies for the school bake drive or helping out with the school concert, she is always willing to help.

Working with both middle school students and special needs students, Ms. Joseph always gives the students the attention they deserve. Even if it would make her life easier, she would never cut corners if it wasn't beneficial for the students. Ms. Joseph goes above and beyond to make sure she provides a classroom where everyone feels comfortable and safe.

"I cannot tell you how many times I have checked Facebook and saw Jess posting late at night about a project that she needed to finish, cookies that needed to be baked for a student’s birthday, or just fun and creative craft projects," Raben said. "Whether that was helping make eclipse glasses or teaching her students about elections with a song, Jessica Joseph is not only an amazing teach but she is an amazing person. When it comes to LifeChanger of the Year, I think it is a no-brainer that she deserves recognition and she deserves this award."

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Milton teacher nominated as LifeChanger