BRSU Recognizes Paraeducators
Two paraeducators from the Mettawee Community School (MCS), Denise Fisher and Judy Zinn, were recently recognized for their many years of service working with students. The announcement was made at the Welcome Back In Service Program hosted by the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union.
Fisher began working at the Pawlet Village School in the fall of 1986, and continued in her postition as paraeducator when the school closed in 1998 with the formation of the Union District 47 and the construction of MCS in West Pawlet. She was surprised by the recognition, and said, “I can’t believe it has been 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with many dedicated teachers who have shared their classrooms and students with me. I have enjoyed being part of the MCS educational team that always puts its students and their learning needs first. Our students are the best! It is an honor to be recognized for something I love to do!”
Judy Zinn began her 26-year teaching tenure at the West Rupert School working with students in grades five and six in 1990. She worked there until the small public school closed in 1998. She explained, “As you know Mettawee Community School opened in August of 1998 and I was able to continue being a paraeducator there. I happily continue to do so. All I can say is that this recognition was totally unexpected, but a wonderful surprise and great way to begin the new school year.”
MCS principal Brooke DeBonis stated, “Denise Fisher and Judy Zinn are two amazing paraeducators who deserved to be recognized for their years of dedication to our school community. They are dependable, flexible and always there to help out.” She added that both are “…devoted to supporting all of our students at Mettawee. They are extremely successful at providing daily interventions to help the students achieve their goals. Mrs. Fisher provides ELA support to our students, while Mrs. Zinn provides math support.”
Both women also serve on the MCS PTO, attend numerous school events and even provide child care to area families.