Lighting the Way for Excellence Award

ASHPAC appreciates the dedication of our educational staff in Ashland and all they do for students who are unique learners. ASHPAC recognizes some of these outstanding people through our Lighting the Way for Excellence Award. We call for parents who have children on an IEP or 504 to nominate one staff member that has developed a special relationship and connection with their child and has been instrumental in helping their child enjoy school, have full access to their curriculum and reach toward his/her full potential. Parents send their nominations at the end of the school year upon request and briefly stating why they would like to nominate this staff member. The awards are announced in June and the following September. ASHPAC publicly thanks the group by inviting them to our September Meet the Administration workshop and by presenting them with a certificate of appreciation. We may use an excerpt from the nomination at the awards night. Only ONE staff member per person can be nominated and, in an effort to acknowledge many of Ashland’s tremendous staff members, it cannot be someone who received the award the previous year. See below for the previous nominees.

2017

ASHLAND PRESCHOOL

Tricia Tomaso, Special Education Teacher

HENRY E. WARREN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Sara Davidson, Special Education Team Chair

Amy Mann, Speech & Language Pathologist

Jennifer Temple, First Grade Teacher

DAVID MINDESS SCHOOL

Lynette Bowen, Special Education Teaching Assistant

Kim Connor, Third Grade Teacher

Joseph Mespelli, Special Education Teaching Assistant

Kerrie Otipoby, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

ASHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Jennifer Caputo, Special Education Teacher

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Holly LeBlanc, Special Education Teacher

Len Rabinowitz, Social Studies Teacher

2016

ASHLAND PRESCHOOL

Rachael Grolman, Special Education Teacher

HENRY E. WARREN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Jane Guiney, Speech & Language Pathologist

Erika Zipse, Special Education Teacher

DAVID MINDESS SCHOOL

Cassia Ashman, Special Education Teacher

Becky Knox, Dually Certified Special Education Teacher

Portia Pisello, Special Education Inclusion Teacher

Christian Robinson, ABA Paraprofessional

ASHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Jackie Long, Special Education Teacher

Jake Smith, Title I Math Teacher

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Jonathan Parker, Special Education Teacher

Heather Smith, School Psychologist

2015

WILLIAM PITTAWAY SCHOOL

Christina Wright, Speech/ Language pathologist

HENRY E. WARREN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Sheila Mangan, Educational Support Personnel

Carolyn Mulvey, Dually Certified Special Education Teacher

Megan Pacheco, Special Education Teacher

Kate Thompson, Educational Support Personnel

DAVID MINDESS SCHOOL

Kyle Cacciapaglia, Special Education Teacher

Kristin Gazard, General Education Teacher

ASHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Lauren Flynn, Special Education Teacher, Inclusion Teacher

Sharon Remsen, Special Education Teacher, Inclusion Teacher

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Erin Benham, Special Education Teacher

Holly Leblanc, Special Education Teacher

DISTRICT WIDE

Sharon Ames, Speech/Language Pathologist

Wendy Schneider, Certified Occupational Therapist Assisstant

Kathy Silva, Director of Student Services

2014

PITTAWAY SCHOOL

Eva Luther, Special Education Teacher

WARREN SCHOOL

Jenna Mastroianni, Special Education Teacher

Monique Smith, Educational Support Personnel

MINDESS SCHOOL

Kathleen Evans, Special Education Teacher

Sheila Fiandaca, Neighborhood Teacher

Amanda Walker, Guidance Counselor

ASHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Jennifer Caputo, Special Education Teacher

Michele Stanislawzyk, Special Education Teacher

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Heather Smith, Psychologist

DISTRICT WIDE

Tricia Davis, Physical Therapist