Announcing the January 2019 Educator Spotlight Honorees!
The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog that highlights the teachers, assistants, specialist, coaches, and professionals across the Catapult Learning community who make a positive impact on our students and schools throughout the country. They are our very own shining stars! The January 2019 Educator Spotlight honorees are:
- Jennifer Chamberlin, Transition Coordinator, Sierra School at Eastern, Upper Extension, Sacramento, California
- Aimee Hwang Russo, Transition Coordinator, High Road School of Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut
Jennifer and Aimee are transition coordinators. Transition coordinators are a valuable link between students’ academic and behavioral achievement in the classrooms and their success in their communities and workforce. Jennifer describes the role of transition coordinator:
“We help the students throughout their time here with ILS skills, work experience, and communication skills. The students begin working on campus and when they demonstrate the appropriate criteria, they can begin working off campus with a job coach. We also help them create resumes, cover letters, job applications, and budgets. This includes individual time with the students as well as when we go into the classrooms to teach a lesson plan.”
Aimee explains that she works closely with her students to make sure they have a concrete plan after they graduate. “I call it the Russo Formula. They have to have full-time work, or part- time work and school, or part-time work with a vocation training before they get their diplomas.”
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“Jennifer leads the transition program at Sierra School. She assists all the students in creating resumes, job applications and general life skills. She supports them in their process of obtaining jobs both on and off campus. Jennifer also has built a phenomenal relationship with all of her students.
Jennifer has moved from teaching in the classroom to a transition coordinator role. She has shined in both positions and has changed the transition department into something wonderful!”
— Lisa Allmon, Regional Instructional Specialist, Sierra School at Eastern Upper Extension
Aimee Hwang Russo
“Throughout the year, Aimee works with local community members and businesses in developing partnerships to support transition services. These same partnerships donate gifts for the students each year. Some of the many gifts include Bluetooth wireless headphones for the high school students, books, toys, hygiene kits, and uniform sweatshirts for each student.”
— Lindsey Russo, Operations Manager, High Road School of Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut