LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Tatiana Iezzi

Position: Family Engagement Coordinator
School: Highlander Charter School
School District: Highlander Charter School
City, State: Providence, RI

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Ms. Iezzi joined Highlander as an AmeriCorps team member 13 years ago. She continues to be an invaluable member of the community. She has gone from working as a teacher assistant in classrooms and afterschool programs to leading all aspects of the afterschool program for many years. Ms. Iezzi was recently named Family Engagement Coordinator at Highlander, serving families of students in grades pre-k through 12. She arrives early and stays late, often after hours if other members of the Highlander community need it.

Ms. Iezzi is the embodiment of a LifeChanger. Her ability to see what students, staff, and families need without many conversations and connect them to supports is extraordinary. During the school closure for the COVID-19 pandemic, she took action as an integral member of the administrative team. She worked with the team to package food and communicate with families, and she was a key part of planning distribution so families could participate. She knew the questions to ask to ensure food was getting where it was needed most, and she never caused families to feel uncomfortable. Ms. Iezzi supported teachers by checking in with families whose students were struggling with distance learning and helping them get connected to their classes. She continues to do this!

Ms. Iezzi also worked on creating a temporary lending library for students during the pandemic so they could access books at the same time families picked up food at the school.  She works hard to ensure the Highlander community is safe, has food, and is being heard. She helps staff and families with managing technology and multiple priorities so students can learn to their best ability. Most families have her cell phone number, and they call and text her with their questions and concerns day and night.  She responds to everyone, and if she cannot help, she directs them to the right person or place. 

As a hybrid of in-person and distance learning began, Ms. Iezzi stepped up the plate to assist the building principal in developing systems for entry to school, communicating processes with families and staff, and covering many different roles to ensure each day runs smoothly. She makes everyone entering the building feel welcome, greeting staff, students, parents, and visitors with a smile and an offer to help.



Comments (45)


Maria Leguen-Diaz Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this nomination, 100% agree with her hard work and dedication. My kids and I miss you dearly Mrs. Tatiana ??

Dan Baldassi Posted over a year ago

Tatiana goes above and beyond at Highlander. She takes on many roles within the school to help each day run smoothly. If any teacher needs help she is always willing to step up and help out. She also works to keep the morale up at work. She creates games, raffles and plans get togethers. Tatiana is an amazing coworker.

Sharon Murphy Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination and great work with all our families!

Dehlia McCarthy Posted over a year ago

I've had the pleasure of working with Tatiana for over 10 years now and the work she does at Highlander is immeasurable. Thank you for everything Tatiana!!

Wanda Brown Posted over a year ago

I would expect nothing less! Your an amazing loving and caring person and your commitment to the kids speaks loudly! Thank you for all you do! You are so deserving of this award. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Best, Wanda and the entire Brown family! ????

Julissa Cruz Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Tatiana????????????

Wendy Van Gyzen Posted over a year ago

Ms. Tatiana is a brilliantly smiling tour de force! It is so comforting to all the families, students, & staff to know you'll be there to take on any task to support us all. Your impact on the Highlander community is immense; you are one of the many reasons HCS is a community! Congratulations on your nomination!

zoila polanco Posted over a year ago

Tatiana is a fixer and she gets things done. She is attentive and in dedicated to service of her school, coworkers and community members.

Lumy Santos Posted over a year ago

Congrats Ms. Tatiana! You do such an awesome job in everything you do. You are always there when we need you. Thank you for all your hard work. You deserve this.

Laura Westberg Posted over a year ago

Congrats on the nomination Tatiana! We are so lucky to have you in the Highlander community. You deserve this!

Jeanniny Posted over a year ago

Congrats the best nomination.

Domingo Posted over a year ago

Excelente persona con un alto grado de profesionalismo mi respeto para ti Tatiana excelente ser humano y es una bendición el haberte conocido eres 1000x10000

Karen Nencka Posted over a year ago

There is no one more deserving of this award than you. For 12 years I have worked with you and your commitment to your work and your community knows no boundries. You make every person feel apart of a team and is always the first to help. The positive, fun energy that you bring to all the events makes it memorable for both students and teachers. You are the most reliable and trustworth person, my Go-To for everything; from Mountain Days, Field Days, Winter Wonderland, International Nights and all the other countness events we have are successful because of you. Thank you Tatiana and Congratulation on your nomination

roy Posted over a year ago

great music selection.

Chelsea Dukuly Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms.Tatiana for being nominated in the lifechanger of the year nominee.

John Posted over a year ago

Keep up the great work. Your efforts in expanding opportunities for students and families in your care are a blessing to them and our community!!! As a teacher and father of Highlander-trained students, I’m especially grateful for the way you help everyone around you to work to be their ‘best selves’. Thank you:).

Kelly Danielson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination! You're an amazing person with so many talents. It's clear that you have helped a great number of people - including me! Thank you for all that you do! Good Luck to you!

Mike Willard Posted over a year ago

I could not think of a more fitting award for Tatiana. The impact she has made on the Highlander community is immeasurable. You are a pleasure to work with each day, and I admire your work ethic, fearlessness, and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the best for our community.

Karla Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on the nomination ! You are an inspiration to a lot of us! Your work ethic is exceptional and the way you help your students, families and school is out of this world! Good luck!!

Joe McCarthy Posted over a year ago

As a volunteer at Highlander I quickly became aware of the impact that Tatiana had on the school. She was constantly called upon and always responded with kindness and compassion. I liked to go to her because her energy and interest always created meaningful responses. She is a remarkable role model.

Kelly Posted over a year ago

Tatiana deserves this award! I have worked with her for 7 years and I find her work ethic, initiative, and connection with families absolutely amazing!!!

Eli Garcia Posted over a year ago

Tatiana is the perfect life changer of the year!! Not enough words to describe her role!!! Gracias y mil gracias Tatiana ??

Claudia Posted over a year ago

Felicidades hace un muy buen trabajo

Frank Picciotti Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Tatiana on your nomination for the Life Changer of the Year award. After working together for eleven years, I admire your strong work ethic and ability to develop strong relationships with staff, students, and families. Your positive attitude allows you to resolve difficult situations and conflicts with ease and benefits everyone in the Highlander community. I certainly hope you receive the Life Changer of the Year award; you deserve it.

Sagrario Diaz Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms Tatiana

Pasha Stanzione Posted over a year ago

I couldn’t of think of a better day to celebrate Tatianna’s nomination then today. I have known Tatianna for about four years now and she embodies the definition of selflessness. She is always there for everyone whenever they need someone whether it’s a ear to listen or a hand to help. During this past year while the world is battling a pandemic that hasn’t stopped her from being completely devoted to her job. Even while we hang out there are times she needs to step away to help someone at work. Even when the day is over she comes home to not only take care of her family but take countless zooms to help families at the school. She also even has stayed after at times to help distribute food to families. She certainly is more then deserving to receive this award and be proud of what she has accomplished through her hard work. ??

Elizabeth Sanchez Vittini Posted over a year ago

Congratulations and happiest birthday wishes to you from my family

Mason Hareld Jae’lee Reyes Posted over a year ago

Happy birthday !!! And congratulations from all of us

Deziree Hall Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Miss Tatiana, and I hope you have a happy birthday.

Hellen Jimenez Posted over a year ago

No one better to get this award. Congratulations.

Nerise Beckford-Joly Posted over a year ago

Congratulations and well deserved.

Julie Piekarski Posted over a year ago

Tatiana rocks! ??????

Jessica Blanco-Busam Posted over a year ago

You have helped grow our program at Highlander, especially when it comes to school culture and family engagement. Thank you for all that you do!

Jenice Sanchez Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! Mrs. Tatiana is always ready to help. Thank you for all your support.

Demetria Woods Posted over a year ago

Congrats! You truly deserve this and would like to thank you for all you have done for me and my family. You have always been there for me and haven't let me down yet.

Romane Fidel Posted over a year ago

Congratulations ms Tatiana .

Megan Sanderson Posted over a year ago

Tatiana makes the world go round at Highlander .. the best !!

Sue White Posted over a year ago

Ms. Tatiana is certainly a life changer who has such a positive impact on our Highlander community. She works tirelessly everyday to ensure that there is clear and effective communication between students, families and staff. She is a tremendous facilitator, whether it be helping families with programming, food distribution, technology, daily communications and so much more.She is a positive team player who jumps in to help in many areas and always wears many hats. Her positive attitude, hard work and professionalism are admirable. Tatiana is well deserving of this award!

Gregorio Vanderhorst Posted over a year ago

Miss Tatiana has been very helpful and go above and beyond to help the students and families whenever there is a need. She’s always available and ready to assist the students and their families. I think that deserves any award that she’s nominated for. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Matthew said thank you for your help.

Trashana Posted over a year ago

You deserve it! Thank you for all you do??

Andreina Santos Posted over a year ago

Tatiana you deserve this award. You are always helping parents with advice and helping and supporting our kids at school. Always welcoming all of us with a smile every single day. My family appreciate you so much.

Amy Rego Posted over a year ago

Tatiana is one if the most dedicated, compassionate and thoughtful individuals I know. She takes time to know each of the families she works with and encourages all students to believe in themself. Tatiana works tirelessly to provide families with resources needed to help students learn at home, as well as engage student learning afterschool. She is there for her colleagues, friends, family and entire Highlander School community. She is most deserving of this recognition!

Marlene Medeiros Posted over a year ago

Tatiana is the most deserving person I know. I have worked with Tatiana since she started at Highlander Charter School as an AmeriCorps member in my classroom. Since then she has continued to grow, learn, and better not only herself but our school and families. She is a Life Changer daily!

Betmar Lopez Posted over a year ago

I am super proud of you and all the hard work and commitment you have with your school. Keep reaching for your goals and impacting those around you. We are all lucky to have ypu!

Raquel Posted over a year ago

You deserve the award. You’re a hard worker that always helping the school community. Parents look at you for advice and support. We are proud if you