Jeanne Paff was nominated by her colleague, Tabatha Lisnicchia.
Mrs. Paff has demonstrated her dedication to making a beneficial difference, not only in the lives of her students, but in the lives of others. During the 2017-18 school year, she taught at Lancaster Elementary School, which closed that year due to redistricting. Lancaster's principal challenged the staff to do something with their classes to leave a legacy behind. Mrs. Paff, along with her students, definitely left a legacy.
After Mrs. Paff read The Water Princess by Susan Verde and the Georgia Badiel Foundation to her class, an amazing legacy blossomed for her class and the Lancaster community. After reading this book, Mrs. Paff’s Busy Bees realized that there are children in Africa who do not have clean water. In fact, they walk miles to get dirty water. The students decided to take the initiative to help, and in just two months, they raised over $11,000 to build a well in Burkina Faso.
Lancaster Elementary School’s Legacy of Love will live on in Burkina Faso, and 3,000 people will now have access to clean water. Mrs. Paff supported and inspired her students in such a way that they took this quote to heart:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Mrs. Paff teaches, models and reinforces the use of LIFESKILLS and Lifelong Guidelines with her students and other students and staff in her building. She is very respectful of students and their needs at all times.
Additionally, Mrs. Paff is actively involved in attending trainings and sharing what she has learned with staff. This is especially evident in the area of technology. Over the last several years, her district has rolled out many expectations in the area of technology as they transitioned to one-to-one. Mrs. Paff was more than willing to support her colleagues without any additional compensation. This was a very time-consuming level of support for staff.
"Our staff really appreciates how Mrs. Paff goes out of her way to make sure we have ongoing collaborations regarding the progress and needs of students, not just in her classroom, but throughout the school," said Lisnicchia. "She truly is a team player."
Mrs. Paff has also taken the initiative to write many grants to support student learning and to improve her school. She is a mentor to other teachers in her building, and she also invites cadet teachers, student teachers, parents and community members into her classroom.
"A distinctive quality that stands out is Mrs. Paff’s commitment to providing engaging real-life opportunities for students to learn," said Lisnicchia. "This is what helps develop the love of learning that I have witnessed in her classroom year after year.