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Winter 2020 Director’s Award of Merit Recipient – Annette Larocque
Winter 2020 Director’s Award of Merit Recipient – Annette Larocque
Posted on 04/23/2020
Annette Larocque

This selfless and hardworking Educational Assistant is being recognized for going the extra mile and providing the best learning environment for her students at Naismith Memorial Public School.

Annette Larocque shows incredible patience, understanding, and kindness towards everyone she encounters at Naismith Memorial PS, whether it be a student, parent or co-worker. She is characterized by her colleagues as a “rock” for the school’s high-needs students, and parents have routinely communicated their gratitude for her work. She provides calm, caring and thoughtful guidance and is a consistent go-to for many students. She takes on initiatives outside of work hours to create and update communication tools to make sure all her students have a voice.

Annette ensures each and every student at Naismith Memorial PS feels cared for and takes the time to check in with students on a daily basis – be it through a casual hallway conversation or a routine check in with a student she works with regularly.  She has even gone as far as to knit clothes for a student’s doll, just to be kind.

Annette continually strives to provide the best learning environment and programming available.  She will take a teacher's idea for a project and find ways to make it appropriate for the needs of the students she works with and often comes up with unique ways to have students demonstrate their learning to their fellow classmates.

As an active participant at consultations with outside support agencies and parent meetings, Annette consistently provides knowledgeable feedback about students' needs. She is a mentor to her colleagues with many seeking her advice.

For her hard work and dedication to her students’ success and for over 30 years as an Educational Assistant with the Upper Canada District School Board, the UCDSB is proud to honour Annette with a Director’s Award of Merit.

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