Mettawee’s Mandy Mayer Named School Nurse of the Year
The Vermont State School Nurses Association has recognized Mandy Mayer, full time school nurse and health educator at the Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet, Vt. as School Nurse of Year for 2014.
“I have had the privilege of working with Mandy for the last ten years.,” said Mettawee Community School principal Brooke DeBonis. She is an amazing person who has many skills that make her stand out as an exceptional school nurse. She is knowledgeable, a strong leader, professional and is trusted by students, parents, and our staff.”
Following notification of the state’s recognition, Mayer, who is affectionately referred to as
‘Nurse Incredible’, said, “School nursing is an ever-changing, challenging career because of the variety of health conditions we now see in our school buildings. I really work hard to ensure all children have their health needs met so they can safely and comfortably be here learning each day.”
Indeed, as DeBonis added, “Mandy is particularly adept at truly knowing the individual students in our school. When the students come to see her in the health office, they feel comfortable because she is calm, kind, and always willing to listen. Mandy is respectful, patient, and truly deserving of being recognized for being the Vermont School Nurse of the Year!”
During a school year, Mayer helps students build better nutrition habits, fitness and overall wellness. She added, “I love being in the classrooms teaching health, or on the field with Girls on the Run, or in the hallways simply getting a feel for how children are doing in their lives. I feel like a school-mom to all of them.” Mayer’s enthusiasm for health and wellness, and dedication to the school workplace, does not stop with the students. Each year she she leads the Mettawee staff with OSHA training and allergy training.
Mayer reflected, “I love promoting healthy living through being a role model and teacher as well being the school nurse. The magic of school nursing happens in the simple moments that I share with a child, staff member or parent. I am honored to have received this wonderful award and recognition. I truly could not ask for a more rewarding way to spend my days.”