Monika Krupnak, a Special Education Instruction Assistant at (AOE) School, was recognized at the March 9, 2011 Board of Trustees meeting as March 2011 Classified Employee of the Month.
AOE Principal Kimberly Huesing says that fourth-grade teacher Gina Garcia specifically requested that Krupnak be nominated because she “truly engages with students and encourages each child to do their personal best. She is often on her knees at the student’s level, helping with writing and counting activities, and provides calm support when a child is having an emotional difficulty. She also is eager to learn and implement new strategies.”
Krupnak soars high beyond her duties, Garcia relates. Upon learning that a student was experiencing family problems and financial hardship, Krupnak provided the student with school supplies and hand-made items.
Krupnak says, “I am overwhelmed to receive this honor. AOE is an amazing school. I love the children and feel that this job is my calling. You can teach ‘things,’ but it doesn’t work unless it comes from the heart. That’s what I try to do every day.”
Classified employees of the month are nominated by District administrators for consistently performing above and beyond in the scope of their jobs.