MTES ESP of the Year Cynthia Goldsberry
Remarks by MTES Principal Linda Waldron
It is with great pleasure that I announce Ms. Cynthia Goldsberry as Manchester Township Elementary School's Educational Services Professional of the Year.
Ms. Goldsberry started in the district in the HS Cafeteria in 2005, but then came to MTES in September 2007 as a Paraprofessional. For the last 7 years she has been the classroom paraprofessional in a self contained special education classroom with Liz Hahn as her mentor, friend and teacher. She wears many hats in this role and over the years she has touched many lives with her warmth, her compassion and her sense of humor. She is positive and willing to give you the shirt off her back, literally and figuratively. She will do anything for her students or our staff. Her students look to her for support and guidance with loving eyes. She has made connections over the years that have helped our students through some difficult times.
As a lifelong learner she embraces strategies and techniques to help struggling students and through her CPI training she can de-escalate challenging behavioral situations for our students. She is a role model for our newer instructional aides and shares her knowledge with our staff turn keying information to help everyone learn something new. Cindy is a firm believer in positive reinforcement and building a child's self esteem. You can find her helping in the classroom, working one on one with a student, assisting with bus duty, helping out in the cafeteria when another para is out and always maintaining safety and confidentiality. Knowing when to back off and when to step in is a trait of a good Paraprofessional which she possesses. She is truly a team player. What stands out in my mind is that you will NEVER hear a negative thing coming from Ms. Goldberry's mouth. She is always thinking of ways to nurture her students in a calm and non judgemental way. Her care and concern is unconditional and she is one of the most patient people I have ever met.
Some people are more quiet in their involvement and that is Ms. Goldberry. She doesn't want recognition for what she does and she often will not tell you if she did something to help another, she just wants to help out. She is a behind the scenes kind of gal, a real hard worker. She is actively involved in fundraising for Kevins Kids and works tirelessly during our Helping Hands for Hunger Food drive, making phone calls, finding addresses, calling people back and inter officing mail to the high school. Over the years she has assisted with the District Youth Arts Festival, Concerts and trips. She even stepped in when the classroom teacher wasn't available last year to give the speech during the Fifth Grade breakfast. She gave that speech from the heart, because she truly cares for and loves her students and the classroom teacher.
She can make a student who faces challenges in life realize that they can accomplish anything because she embraces each situation in life with a special power and Can Do attitude. As a young widow, she worked hard to help her two daughters, Leah and Lauren, get through college and her son, Justin, to travel the country as an adventurer, taking after his dad. She takes care of her home on her own, climbing ladders to repair her roof, going home at lunchtime to mow her lawn and taking her recyclables to the dump before school starts. Cindy is an active environmentalist, practicing recycling and composting at home and then coming to school and sharing her stories with her students, who look forward to hearing what she has to say. She practices what she preaches on a daily basis by working tirelessly to take care of others all with a smile on her face. She makes a difference each and every day to many different people.
When I asked her students what they thought of her, they shared these remarks: "I like her style of teaching us and how she gets involved with all our lessons. She is so cheerful and always so happy to see all of us! She wants to do activities with us and play games. She always helps us when we get stuck on a problem and also she is funny. Even when she doesn't feel good she comes to school and is happy and helpful. I like her style and the way she dresses everyday. She tells us stories all the time."
For all the reasons I have mentioned you can see that she has the respect and admiration of students, parents, colleagues and administrators. She is humble and kind and a perfect role model for all our students and staff. In her spare time she is active in her church and enjoys her passion for gardening. We are honored to have her on our staff.
On Behalf of the MTES staff, our Vice Principal, Mrs. Moore, and myself-We Congratulate Ms. Cynthia Goldsberry...on this well deserved honor...MTES Educational Services Professional of the Year-2019!