PLYMOUTH - The Board of Education recently named Leokadia â€śYolaâ€ť Seeds as Paraeducator of the Year.
Superintendent Martin Semmel said the district started the tradition of honoring a paraeducator three years ago to â€śbecause they are in the trenches doing a lot of hard work.â€ť
Seeds has worked in Plymouth for eight years and is a â€śparaâ€ť at Terryville High School, where she mostly works with the Apple program.
Terryville High School Principal Michael Hults said his whole staff was excited that Seeds was chosen.
â€śIf you were able to talk to any of our staff, you will hear a couple of things,â€ť Hults said. â€śYou will hear that she follows behavior plans exactly, she documents studentsâ€™ progress so others can easily access the data, she is skilled at de-escalating problems.â€ť
The most important thing â€śis that her students trust her,â€ť he continued. â€śShe offers positive words of encouragement, is always willing to help, provides dignity to our students, is flexible and can work with all students. She cares deeply for her students, understands and is humbled by the impact she has on her studentsâ€™ lives, is one of the hardest and most dedicated people on the team.â€ť
Hults said his favorite thing that he heard about Seeds, â€śand you will continuously hear this all the time, is that she is a saint, affectionately known at Terryville High School by the single name of Yola.â€ť
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