District Launches Virtual Everyday Hero Recognition Program For Staff During Distance Learning
Posted on 05/01/2020
As Plainville Community Schools continue with remote teaching and learning in place since March 16th, a new staff recognition program has been created to highlight the exceptional efforts of staff members across the school district.

Building on the district’s traditional “Everyday Hero” program, where parents, students, staff members and community members are invited to nominate district staff members that go above and beyond, and honorees are recognized formally and in person at Plainville Board of Education meetings,  the “virtual” Everyday Hero program expands on that program model, inviting stakeholders to nominate staff members who are going above and beyond, providing a venue to expand acknowledgments of exceptional practices on behalf of students and the school district, particularly during the distance learning timeframe. While the virtual Everyday Hero award winners cannot be honored in person, Superintendent Steven LePage will recognize them virtually, randomly selecting two nominees per week to be highlighted through district communications throughout the remainder of the school year. Additional nominations received will be added to the pool of program nominations and included in the weekly selection process. Within the first week of announcing the virtual Everyday Hero program to district employees, parents and families, 21 nominations were received and the list continues to grow.  

The first two Everyday Hero award winners selected to be highlighted are Louis Toffolon Elementary School faculty member Diane Lebel, and Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School faculty member Lily Cornielle. Mrs. Lebel was nominated by parent Rebecca Martinez, and Mrs. Cornielle was nominated by Wheeler parent Toni Voitkevics. Both nominations noted a variety of ways that Lebel and Cornielle have gone above and beyond to support their children with distance learning since it began in March.  
“At Convocation, we kicked off our year with a superhero theme, honoring a number of everyday community heroes and challenging our entire staff to continue to be heroes to their students, each and every day. Teaching, guiding and showing sincere care and compassion virtually, throughout a pandemic, was not what I had in mind! Nonetheless, our district heroes have risen to, and surpassed, all challenges and expectations. I am excited to honor some of the nominated educators who are symbols of this heroic theme, and thank all of our district team for their heroic efforts, regardless of the circumstances with which we are faced,” noted Superintendent LePage.