Helen Cushman was selected as Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month for May. Helen teaches Developmental Pre-School for Pupil Services in Cherrydale. She keeps students and their special needs in the forefront of all planning and professional scholarship in which she engages.
Each day, she is challenged by new issues: from students with developmental needs to students who are beginning to read. She works closely with parents; providing them instruction and information to better help them understand their child’s needs and strengths.
She maintains a safe, nurturing and yet educationally demanding classroom. She is an excellent team leader and team player working outside her program to support the teachers who receive her students the following year in kindergarten.
Helen displays creative skills in problem solving and common sense reasoning typically seen with a professional who has a clear vision of the requirements of special education law, early childhood development and the needs of her students and parents.
Submitted by Nancy Covert