Educator of the Month
The May 2022 Educator of the Month is a leader in the Pasadena community. Not only is she an exemplary early childhood interventionalist, an outstanding resource to the children and families with whom she works with daily, outside of work she organizes sports and social opportunities as a leader in the Panthers Athletic club.
Ms. Heather Szymanski routinely goes above and beyond to provide and coach families in experiences and activities that will benefit and encourage their child’s development in the context of their daily routines. She is remarkably engaging, compassionate, supportive, and innovative provide services for children aged birth to three and their caregivers. She has boundless energy which allows her to quickly connect with and build rapport with parents, babies, and toddlers.
Heather embraces challenges of the often emotionally charged work with babies/toddlers who have disabilities with good cheer, empathy, and professionalism. She is a model of family-centered early intervention to her professional peers and is ALWAYS available to support peers with a genuine smile and positive reflection on the day’s events.
The virtual social communication groups that Ms. Szymanski created during the pandemic, focused n toddlers sitting and attending during a short circle time routine, imitation skills, engaging in songs and finger plays, spontaneous use of language, vocabulary development, communicating with adults and peers, following directions, fine gross motor skills and articulation development. She actively communicated information to the families that she serves and her colleagues.
Everyone respects and trusts Heather. She always knows what to say to her colleagues and the parents that she works with. She is an excellent advocate for her families and fellow staff members. She goes above and beyond providing the families she serves with the resources that they need and creates a positive learning environment.
The Pasadena families with whom she works with value Ms. Szymanski’s skills, professionalism, and support as they navigate the challenges of accepting and learning skills and strategies to help their little ones.
So, for these reasons and more, the Board of Education is proud to award you as the May 2022 Educator of the Month. Congratulations!
2019 Teacher of the Year
Degrees and Certifications:
2019-2020 Maryland State Teacher of the Year
Third Grade Teacher, South Shore Elementary School
"This profession is truly an honor. It is the intersection of my passion and purpose. I am so lucky to have a career that fulfills me as a person. It’s more than I could ever ask for and I’m honored to represent my colleagues across the state.”