Gavin Pickering was nominated by his colleague, Heather Schmidt.
"Mr. Pickering has only been a paraprofessional a short time, but he has made a tremendous impact on students at Kennedy," Schmidt said. "There is one student who he worked with at the alternative school. He worked with this student for a couple of months and was able to help him make progress so he could return to a regular education classroom this year. I have that student this year, and Mr. Pickering is now working in our school. He continues to help me with this child to make improvements to his behavior. With Mr. Pickering's help, this child was able to earn Student of the Month. His ability to help calm this student and get him back to learning has been a big asset. It helps the overall climate of the classroom, and all students are able to learn. Gavin Pickering has changed this child's life."