Governor Mark Gordon recognized the selection of Newcastle Middle School Paraprofessional Keeley Anderson as 2022 Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) national awardee during a ceremony in Newcastle today.

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The award, established by Congress in 2019 and overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, honors classified school employees’ outstanding contributions to quality K-12 education.

Anderson serves in a role that prioritizes students who need additional support to be successful, pitching in as part of the district’s summer maintenance department, and has served as the head volleyball coach at Newcastle High School.

Classified school employees include:

  • paraprofessionals
  • clerical and administrative services
  • transportation services
  • food and nutrition services
  • custodial and maintenance services
  • security services
  • health and student services
  • technical services
  • skilled trades professionals

More information can be found here, including how to submit nominations for the 2022-2023 cycle.

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