School: Waterford Township School District
School District: Waterford Township School District
City, State: Waterford , NJ
Ryan Ciavaglia was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
"I have known Ryan for several years, since he was hired in our district. It has been a privilege and an honor to work with him since day one," said his nominator. "I have been in awe of his dedication and talent. He has helped so many of our students each day. He is there to support students during difficult times and in times of crisis. Ryan is also there to support and recognize their successes and progress."
As a counselor, Mr. Ciavaglia has helped initiate a school wide positive behavioral support program, a student safety program, and a peer mentor program. He also greets staff and students each day with daily morning announcements, where he recognizes students and staff. He ends each morning with a reminder to show kindness, compassion, and respect to others.
"One of the things that impressed me most about Ryan, aside from his dedication, is his caring and compassionate nature," said his nominator. "Over the years, he has taken the time to get to know all of the students by name. He has also made it his job to learn about their lives and interests. It's amazing to see nearly every student greet him and he, in return, greet them by name."
Mr. Ciavaglia also does many other things for his district. Aside from being the anti-bullying specialist for his school, he is very involved in several committees and helps organize school events such as the annual student talent show. Recently, he spearheaded an effort to assist a staff member going through medical and financial familial issues by entering her in a contest to win a car. Through all his efforts and contacts, the contest came down to this individual and one other person.
"Over the years, Ryan has gone out of his way to help many students, staff, parents, and families. I cannot say enough about his talent, hard work, dedication, and impact as a counselor in our district," said his nominator. "He is truly an asset to the students and staff and, for those of us fortunate to work with him, a positive force who brings smiles and joy to those around him. One last thought worth mentioning is that one day, a former student and his mother were in contact to tell him that he is the reason that former student has decided to go to school to become a counselor. Mr. C, as the kids call him, has a positive impact on so many people!"