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Jessica Clark

Region 15 Schools recently announced Gina Weber, a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Long Meadow Elementary School and an 18-year educator in the district, as Region 15’s 2021-22 Paraeducator of the Year.

Mrs. Weber is patient, engaging, and compassionate.  Her innate teaching skills and in-depth knowledge of  students’ strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles fosters not only effective instruction, but a seamless integration of learning and playing for the district’s preschool students.  Her skills allow her to adhere to the students’ vast learning needs while setting high expectations of each student to meet their potential.

“Mrs. Weber has worked with students with significantly varied disabilities and her engaging rapport and advocacy to provide students with quality instruction and programs is one of her most striking skills,” said Mr. Don Rapuano, Assistant Director of Student Services in Region 15. Her ability to lead instruction with minimal assistance and to collect data on student progress, while collaborating with multiple staff members is highly regarded by district staff.  Her interactions with students through play or through the implementation of behavior plans always exhibits patience and skill. She consistently sets high expectations for each student to meet their potential.

“Mrs. Weber’s unwavering commitment to our youngest learners' success and efforts to make sure each student reaches their potential, is extremely impactful to not only our students, but to our staff and to our district. She is the ideal representation of how an educator's genuine concern for their students is powerful. Our Region 15 community is proud to have her represent our district,” said Joshua Smith,  Superintendent of Region 15 Schools.