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BOE Honors Regional Day 2020 ESP of the Year

Congratulations Kerry Walsh!

The Manchester Township Board of Education honored Regional Day School Educational Support Professional of the Year, Kerry Walsh, at their November 2020 meeting. Miss Walsh is a physical therapist at Regional Day.

Remarks by Principal Lisa Michallis 

It is my honor to now introduce Miss Kerry Walsh, the Regional Day School's Educational Service Professional of the Year. Kerry graduated from Springfield College of Massachusetts with a master's of science degree in physical therapy. Prior to joining the Regional Day School family and our PT Department in 2016, Kerry worked in the private sector at sites including Jersey Shore Medical Center, Children's Specialized Hospital and early intervention. 

Kerry is a published author and has presented at conferences across the tri-state area on an array of topics from gross motor development to the evaluation and treatment of children with autism. Kerry keeps abreast of research and trends in the field of physical therapy through her membership in both the New Jersey and American Physical Therapy Associations. As the co-facilitator of a parent support group for family members of children newly diagnosed with autism, she shares both her professional knowledge and expertise as a parent. Pediatrics is her passion and area of specialty. In 2011, Kerry founded an outpatient pediatric therapy center which has grown into a comprehensive program providing therapeutic services to improve the lives of children with special needs. Kerry was an instrumental member of a team that planned and designed our highly successful academic and therapeutic rich preschool disabled program for children ages three through five. She also assisted in the design of playground equipment to meet the needs of our student population after school hours. 

Kerry can be found at the high school stadium supporting her daughter as she marches with the color guard, or in the theater watching her sing, dance and act, and during the winter months she trades in her sneakers for ice skates and works with the children with special needs as the assistant coach of the Brick Stars Challenger Hockey Team. Community service is important to Kerry and she has served as the assistant director of Maternal Wings, a non-profit charity to assist impoverished expectant mothers. 

Kerry is an expert in the field of physical therapy and is a highly respected and valued member of our faculty. She makes child-centered decisions and is a team-minded collaborator, compassionate individual, and an all-around exceptional person. Her recognition as the Regional Day School’s ESP is truly well deserved because she's an Extra Special Person. Congratulations!

Kerry speaking at BOE meeting

Remarks by Kerry Walsh

I will keep my remarks short. I do have to say thank you to everybody who came tonight from Regional Day. I've had the blessing of working in many different aspects of pediatric physical therapy, from the NICU all the way on up to a long-term care outpatient setting, and I had not yet had the opportunity to work in a school-based setting and it was something that I was really thinking about and I could not have landed in a better place. As Mr. Trethaway said, there's just something incredibly special about Regional Day. There are truly angels that walk the halls every single day at Regional Day School and I am honored and privileged to be able to work with each and every one of you and so grateful for the opportunity to work with the children in the school as well. So I thank you very much for this incredible honor. Thank you.

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