Paraeducator Honored By White House

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Annie McClintock, a special education paraeducator at Harborfields High School, was among 12 school-related professionals to be honored by the White House as a School Support Champion of Change.

Each honoree was selected by the White House for their leadership and work to ensure that students receive the support and motivation they need to succeed. According to the White House blog, school support professionals make up one-third of the nation’s education workforce and often go above and beyond to meet the needs of all students so they can achieve success inside and outside the classroom.

During the event, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education Policy Roberto Rodriguez and Dr. Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, afforded remarks to the honorees and invited guests.

With a passion for volunteerism, McClintock has coordinated volunteer efforts and participated in countless food, winter clothing and backpack school supply drives. Over the past 15 years, she has collected toys that are donated to the Congregational Church of Huntington. The church in turn donates the toys to the annual Family Service League’s Holiday Boutique. The Holiday Boutique allows parents of low-income children to “shop” with dignity for unwrapped gifts for their children. Additionally, she participates in the annual Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach, the annual Cross Bay Distant Memories Swim in Northport Bay and many other community projects.

“It was an honor to be recognized for my 50 years of committed service to the Harborfieds community and to have shared it with my son Jamie, who is a Harborfields graduate,” said McClintock. “To be among the 12 who were recognized out of the more than three million school support professionals in the nation, was humbling. School-related professionals are often the first person our students encounter in the morning and the last they see at the end of the day. We will remain the backbone in our schools and community. We live where we work.”