Position: Paraeducator / Learning Coach
School: Omak School District
School District: Omak School District
City, State: Olympia, WA
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Stephanie Taylor's nominator would like to remain anonymous.
Ms. Taylor is a para-educator and learning coach who works with international students through Education First, as well as local students. She goes above and beyond to provide outreach services to her students through weekend Zoom meetings and socially-distanced learning workshops for those who need hands-on learning.
Ms. Taylor has really stepped up during the pandemic to make sure no student feels left behind. She hosts "Talk Time" with international students to help them improve their English-speaking skills. Talk time is when American individuals have causal conversations with international students to help them build their vocabulary and become familiar with the words that they've already learned.
Ms. Taylor is an amazing leader who often demonstrated her leadership skills through giving campus tours and presentations regarding the programs being offered at the schools she would work within. She creates a nurturing atmosphere for all students by encouraging them to be themselves and making sure they feel welcomed through one-on-one workshops with the other students. She's honest and trustworthy, which allows students to confide in her regarding personal matters in their homes. This helps Ms. Taylor address her students' needs. During summer vacation, Ms. Taylor offers outreach services to low income students by taking them to go on hikes, as well as socially distanced events of no more than 10 people.
"I have never met someone so dedicated. She makes sure the saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child,' is more than just a saying," said her nominator.