It’s an honor to be selected as Beachwood Elementary's professional educator of the year. Over the past 7 years I have been a part of the Toms River School District as a paraprofessional, in self-contained Autistic classrooms, and the last 4 of them I have been able to call Beachwood my home. I have had the opportunity to work with many different teachers throughout the district, and I want to thank them for all of the support and guidance. I want to specifically thank Mrs. Josberger, Mrs. Muir, and Ms. Steadman for all of their consistent support and encouragement to continue growing as a paraprofessional. I would also like to thank all the students that I not only work with in my classroom, but all of the students at Beachwood that show compassion and warmth towards myself and my students.