Recently, a student not registered to take the required Regents exams, scheduled to begin in 10 minutes, entered the busy summer school office at Schenectady High School to take the test.
Because his Individualized Education Program requires the test be read in a one-to-one setting with extended time, the department chairperson of special education, Lauren Dean, made calls, contacted staff, met all requirements, and ensured that the student was at his testing room on time.
This type of commitment to success was seen each day. Kim Spector, the office administrative assistant, greeted students warmly with, “Hi honey, what do you need?” ensuring the student received the correct answer or found the right person or place.
The Schenectady school counselor, Brittany Pfaff, handled each student or parent concern with genuine interest and kindness, wishing each student “Good luck on your test” or “Have a great day.”
Joe Slichko, Jocelyn Hoffman and Ryan Hull, all administrators for summer school, continuously ensured that students were safe in the building and attending classes.
Chelsea Houghton, counselor on special assignment, organized the master class schedule and checked the continuity of the testing process.
Summer school is a challenge.
I’m not overstating it when I say these people are heroes. The Schenectady school district and the Schenectady community should be proud of the caliber of professionals dedicating themselves to the students who attend there.
The writer is a school counselor.