SEPAC Announces Shining Star Award Winners

Recently I was part of a wonderful evening where we got to recognize some excellent educators and service providers who have made a difference in the lives of special education students. The Special Education Advisory Pack ( SEPAC) is a group of interested parents who work closely with the district and parents of special education  students to ensure that our special education programs and services meet the needs of all children with special needs.

Each year, the SEPAC accepts nominations from SEPAC members and district staff who would like to nominate someone who has had a profound impact on their child or children receiving special education services. Each recipient receives a beautiful crystal award engraved with their name on it and has the chance to enjoy hearing the information that was submitted by the person who made the nomination at the award ceremony held at Jeff and Maria’s Homemade Ice cream in Groveland.

This year the SEPAC would like to congratulate this year’s award winners Joseph Pittella, Sherri-Ann  Pittella, Jessica McPhail, Veronica Schaefer , Erin Sinclair, Andrea Morris, MsJenny Masotta and Dana Rimer. You are all well deserving of this award! I was so happy and proud to be there to celebrate with these wonderful people. Thank you for all you do!

The SEPAC also recognized Tom Stewart who has served as President for the past three years for a Leadership Award. Tom has decided to “retire” from SEPAC but I am so happy that they recognized him because he stepped  forward and resurrected the organization when it needed it most. He and his small group of SEPAC members raised funds to award scholarships to graduating seniors in the special education program by  putting on what has come to be known as the SEPAC’s signature event every fall Trick or Trunk and getting other corporate sponsors. Tom was also able to  bring in world-renowned speakers on topics like dyslexia and reading difficulties because of his personal and professional connections. Thank you very much Tom for your dedicated service over the years. You will be missed!