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Laura Iaquinto receives Golden Apple Award

Laura Iaquinto receives Golden Apple Award
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Oakley Park Elementary resource room paraeducator, Laura Iaquinto, received a Golden Apple Award at the June 6, 2024 Board of Education meeting.

Iaquinto was nominated by Oakley Park Elementary teachers Leslie Bielis-Vokers, Lee Ann Prestel and Wendy Rozman because she is reliable, steps-in wherever needed and shows how important work ethic is to students and staff.

Although Iaquinto has been assigned to one child throughout her time as an Oakley Park paraprofessional, she always lends a helping hand and a loving heart to all students whether it is help out with a team meeting or give a hug at the front door.

As a paraeducator to a child with extreme and life-threatening allergies, Iaquinto must consistently coordinate different plans, schedules, and environments to allow this child to fully participate in the daily activities of an elementary school student. She searches for alternatives for supplies and materials in order for this student to feel included and connected with his peers.

Iaquinto “checks in” with students and staff every day making connections and building relationships.  She maintains a lighthearted perspective and truly cares about each and every student with her gracious heart.