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May 2018

Plymouth Paraeducator of the Year Announced

Superintendent Dr. Marty Semmel

On April 4, 2018 the Plymouth Board of Education had the great fortune to celebrate our Paraeducator of the Year.  Leokadia (Yola) Seeds is a paraeducator at Terryville High School working mostly with our Apple program.  Yola has been a member of the Plymouth Public Schools family for 8 years and has affected the lives of students and staff in a very genuine way.  The staff at THS who nominated Yola for this recognition had so many positive things to say about how she treats others and how well she works with the students in her care.  Words like “trust”, “engaging”, “saint”, “valuable” and “team member” came up repeatedly in the recommendation forms that were received by the selection committee. 

Paraeducator of the Year

(Pictured left to right:  Dr. Martin Semmel, Superintendent of Schools; Melissa Johnson, BOE Chair; Leokadia Seeds, Paraeducator of the Year; Mr. Mike Hults, Principal, THS. 

Yola Seeds is a tremendous example of the quality paraeducators who work with our students.  She comes to work with a great attitude and does everything in her power to help all of the children she interacts with on a daily basis.  We are proud to call her a member of our team!

Yola and all of our paraprofessionals wear many different hats during the course of the day and the year.
  They help make our schools great by maintaining a supportive learning environment, planning and organizing learning experiences, engaging students in learning, assisting with instruction, and monitoring student progress and achievement.  In some cases, they deal with only one student and other times they are responsible for supporting many more.  No matter the situation, they are counted on to be flexible, adaptable and caring towards all students. 

Seeking Teacher of the Year Nominations

What better way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week than to nominate an outstanding teacher to become Plymouth’s 2019 Teacher of the Year?  It is with pleasure that we invite you to nominate a certified staff member to receive this honor. Any teacher who is currently employed in a certified position and has completed at least two full years of teaching in Plymouth is eligible as long as they have not previously received the award within the last ten years. Nomination forms can be found on the Plymouth Public School website and should be returned to Jennifer Coyle at Central Office via e-mail (coylej@plymouth.k12.ct.us) by Monday May 14th.  

Applicants for teacher of the year will be considered by a committee based on the following factors:

  • Proven educational history and experience
  • Commitment to continued professional growth and development
  • Contributions to the educational community including the ability to inspire students and utilize engaging  instructional strategies, differentiation, and creativity in the classroom
  • Impact on the school community and culture
  • Engagement with the community as an extension of the classroom
  • Ability to articulate ideas clearly and express passion for the profession


Thank you for taking the time to help us honor our dedicated staff here in Plymouth!

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