Karen Maldonado-Doucet was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
Ms. Maldonado is a committed individual who goes the extra mile. Her caseload includes SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education), mostly recent immigrants. In addition to assisting them as a guidance counselor with course work requirements, Ms. Maldonado goes beyond academics and puts a great emphasis on helping students with their social-emotional needs. She removes any barriers that prevent these students from achieving the academic success needed to graduate.
"In this pursuit of supports, we have seen how Ms. Maldonado has been able to help many of these students graduate from high school, something that perhaps they never dreamed of achieving in their lives," said her nominator. "She has been a true light for these students and everyone who works with her."