Educational Assistants at Keswick Valley Memorial School, Burtts Corner
Clockwise from top left: Brenda Landry, Debbie Ascah, Dorothy Lagacy, Kathryn Hoggarth, Tara Cleghorn, Stacey Harris, Songia Burtt, Shawnette Lagacy.
The educational assistants at Keswick Valley Memorial School have worked to ensure all students are included in daily activities and after-school events such as dances and family fun nights. They look for ways to support students to participate in all activities, and have brought in extra materials and equipment as needed.
They go above and beyond to ensure students are involved not only in school activities, but also extracurricular and after-school activities such as dances and family fun nights, bringing in extra materials and equipment to make sure everyone is able to participate.
This team supports each other with ideas and activities; everyone knows the students they support well, and can step in when needed. Working with the Educational Support Team, outside resources and teachers, the educational assistants are eager to assist in finding resources and other materials and provide observational data to assist in developing and adjusting students’ personalized learning plans to best support the outcomes of students.
“The educational assistants at Keswick Valley Memorial School compliment the teachers well, and ensure inclusion is taking place,” says Maxine Brewer, a teacher at Keswick Valley Memorial School.
Keswick Valley Memorial School has a large and varied group of students. The team of educational assistants make it possible for all students to attend school and have a fulfilling, enjoyable, and social school life with their peers.
The educational assistants are accepting and resourceful at finding ways to include all students in their daily life at school, always looking to see how they can support students to participate in activities, fieldtrips, and physical education, or simply organizing group games so all students can play together and be part of the school community. No matter the circumstance, all students are treated with dignity and respect. They are professional with their duties, consistent with their expectations, and remain positive, optimistic, and determined. The educational assistants work to make Keswick Valley Memorial School an inclusive school environment.