Support Staff Members of the Year Recognized at Board of Education Meeting
Six paraprofessionals from across the district were recognized as the 2023-2024 Support Staff Members of the Year at the Freehold Regional High School District’s September Board of Education meeting.
The annual support staff member award recognizes the hard work and dedication of our paraprofessionals. These dedicated professionals work closely with the CST and teachers to help maximize student potential in a variety of educational settings; the classrooms, extra-curricular programs, during the After-School Recreational Program, and the Extended School Year (ESY) program.
The 2023-2024 Support Staff Members of the Year are:
Shannon Majeski, Colts Neck High School:
Ms. Majeski has been a paraprofessional with the FRHSD for two years. Ms. Majeski provides emotional and behavioral support to students with cognitive impairments and special needs in our language/learning disability (LLD) program. Ms. Majeski easily builds positive relationships with both staff and students. She assists LLD students in cross country and track and provides structure and positive reinforcement to our students, and her collaborative, proactive approach makes her a valuable part of our team.
Deborah Guarini, Freehold High School:
Ms. Guarini has been a paraprofessional with the FRHSD for thirteen years. Ms. Guarini assisted our students in an array of programs ranging from mainstream electives to Cognitive Mild. Ms. Guarini devotes much of her time to the Cognitive Mild program where she assists students daily to improve their independence, enhance their academic skills, and practice her vocational skills by services as a job coach in the Workplace Training Program and participates in many extracurricular activities. She is an instrumental member of our Freehold Boro family and always puts our students' needs first.
Heather Stahl, Freehold Township High School:
Ms. Stahl has been a paraprofessional with the FRHSD for two years. Ms. Stahl works as a job coach, assisting students and developing work readiness skills and independence in various community-based employment settings. Ms. Stahl promotes a positive and healthy culture and climate within the school community, and her sunny disposition and flexible mindset set the tone for high student efficacy that promotes maximum growth and development in students. Ms. Stahl is reliable and dependable, is always open to feedback, and works in a collaborative manner with staff members and students.
Linda Krywinski, Howell High School:
Ms. Krywinski has been a paraprofessional with the FRHSD for fourteen years. Ms. Krywinski has assisted our students in an array of programs ranging from self-contained, resource, and in-class resource. Ms. Krywinski takes the time to connect with students and builds positive relationships to support their needs throughout the day. She is always supportive of our students, follows directions well, and has a great sense of humor.
Joy Zimnisky, Manalapan High School:
Ms. Zimnisky has been a paraprofessional with the FRHSD for twenty-five years. Throughout her career at Manalapan, Ms. Zimnisky has worked with students with an array of challenges, and currently, is a paraprofessional in the Regional Learning Academy, where she understands the importance of nurturing positive connections with her students. Ms. Zimnisky demonstrates daily the motto, “A smile can make all the difference,” because she is always smiling. She assists the classroom teacher, inspiring students to meet their academic, social, and emotional goals while making them feel safe and connected to the school.
Linda Petrosino, Marlboro High School:
Ms. Petrosino has worked with the Freehold Regional High School District for eight years. For the past three years, she has worked at Marlboro High School in an array of supporting roles. Ms. Petrosino’s kind nature has shown through her ability to develop relationships with students and staff alike. She demonstrates professionalism in her willingness to adjust to different classroom settings that range from working individually with students in our LLD program to supporting students and teachers in a general education environment as a supplemental support person. Ms. Petrosino ensures the success of our students as she assists them in completing coursework.