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January 17, 2019


MRH Paraprofessional Earns Top Honor from Special School District

SSD paraprofessional Tamara Cushman honored with Building Block Award.Patience, dedication, work ethic and natural abilities. All words used to describe Tamara Cushman, an SSD paraprofessional at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School.

Tamara was presented the 2019 Building Block Award at a surprise gathering of her middle school peers this morning. The brief but emotional ceremony was led by SSD in-district coordinator Ben Gleason. The award honors teacher aides, assistants, SSD paraprofessional Tamara Cushman honored with Building Block Award.certified occupational and physical therapy assistants county-wide. Special School District employs more than 1,800 paraprofessionals who work in classrooms all across the St. Louis region.

In Tamara's nominating letter, MRH Middle School principal Mike Dittrich wrote "I have observed [her] consistent practice of putting students first. Ms. Cushman has learned that every student action is a result of a prior experience and she seeks ways to replace those behaviors."

Veteran special education teacher Kay Burbank lauded Tamara for "her hard SSD paraprofessional Tamara Cushman honored with Building Block and dedication to ALL students. Always positive and willing to do what needs to be done, she is probably the best teaching assistant I have worked with."

Tamara is in her 2nd year with Special School District. She'll be formally recognized for the Building Block Award at an upcoming SSD banquet.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.