Polidore, Watson and Livingstone named ABCD Award winners

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Crankshaw, Melissa Livingstone, Ashley Polidore, and GJSD BOE President David D’Amore at the District’s monthly Board of Education meeting held Wednesday, February 15; missing from photo is Karyn Watson.

GJSD’s ABCD Award is given by members of the Board of Education, as a way to acknowledge District employees who are nominated by school community members because they  go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty to make a difference in the lives of our students and help them succeed. 

The Board and District Administration are pleased to recognize three outstanding ABCD Award winners.

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Ashley Polidore

ASHLEY POLIDORE currently serves as an extended leave substitute math teacher at Johnstown High School, as well as the JHS Play Director and Musical Director, spending countless hours in the fall and spring to produce successful drama performances. Ashley encourages students from many different social backgrounds to participate in theater, whether as an actor or a member of the production or stage crew. The positive experience of working with her has helped these students to become more confident in their abilities, leading them to work hard to make each show as spectacular as possible. Ms. Polidore’s presence and positive energy in the JHS theater program goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

MRS. KARYN WATSON  is a school social worker at Knox Middle School, and also serves as a Dignity for All Students Act coordinator and a Success Mentor. Families say that she is always there for students, providing a safe place, encouraging words and a shoulder to lean on, and they have expressed that they are especially grateful for the nurturing care and extra support she provides,

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Karyn Watson

making time at school a better experience for children.  Mrs. Watson’s passion for helping those in need and her ability to make a difference in a child’s life are positive measures that truly rise Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

MELISSA LIVINGSTONE is a kindergarten teacher at Pleasant Avenue Elementary whose patience and compassion helps the youngest of students and their families adjust to the big step of leaving home and entering the unfamiliar world of school. She also serves as the District’s Mentor Coordinator, helping to create a professional learning culture for new teachers in the district. Dedicated to generating ongoing improvement that benefits both students and colleagues, she has earned National Board Certification, a voluntary advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure and is recognized by many as the profession’s highest credential. Ms. Livingstone’s work to benefit student learning and strengthen the teaching profession goes Above and  Beyond the Call of Duty.

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Melissa Livingstone

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