Chagrin Falls Middle School Educational Aide Wins Regional Award

Ken McClintockKen McClintock, an educational aide for Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS), won a “Support Staff of the Year” award from the Ohio Middle Level Association. CFMS Principal Laila Discenza nominated McClintock for this award, which recognizes a staff member who fosters positive, trusting relationships with staff, students and parents.

The state of Ohio is divided into eight regions and McClintock won the award for North East region. 

Excerpts from his nomination read…

Ken epitomizes a team player. 

He is very flexible and can work with anyone. The students he works with have a wide variety of needs.  He works with students throughout the day to help with executive functioning skills, work completion, social emotional supports, and core tutoring. He meets with teams to compile his roster, identify the needs and tasks, dedicate time with students and progress monitor in order to share dates with teams and families. 

Ken gets results.

He shows students he cares with his patience and positivity. He motivates students by building caring relationships and scaffolding supports. He exhibits kindness, concern and mutual respect. He takes time to talk to students and get to know their interests to build positive rapport to ensure results when working with those students in an academic setting. He knows how to meet each student where they are and nudges them from there. 

Ken is reliable.

One can always count on Ken. Teachers constantly use him and his work as a response to intervention for kids who need focused support. He can cover a study hall in a pinch, direct traffic before school or monitor the locker room after school. He needs little direction and uses creativity and common sense when helping a young adolescent find their place. 

Ken cares about others.

He offered not to take lunch this year in order to work with more kids.  If he reached out to meet with a student, who maybe missed a meeting, he would reschedule it for any time, even after school.

Ken is truly a fan favorite. 

Everybody likes Ken because he is so good at what he does. He always follows the middle school golden rules. He is consistent, compassionate and helps all students become confident learners.  

McClintock will be recognized during an awards reception at the Ohio Middle Level State Conference in Columbus, Ohio on October 28.  

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