Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rock County Sherriff’s Office Honors Janesville Parker Teacher

Janesville Parker's Julie Grandeffo has been named "Citizen of the Year" by the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Julie's
dedication to helping one of her students in a time of need “demonstrates her caring, compassion and friendship and can serve as an example for us all,” according to the sheriff’s office.

A Rock County deputy connected with Grandeffo after three people were killed and a fourth injured in a traffic crash in May 2011.  A teenage boy was at home when his mother and brothers died in the crash. His father was hospitalized with serious injuries. During the investigation, the deputy learned the teen had a teacher he liked at Parker High School. Grandeffo responded to the deputy’s call. She met with the teen at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville. She took him to University Hospital, Madison, so he could see his brother before he died. She also opened her home to the teen and let him stay until his family members could come from out of state to care for him.

Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Bilingual Education. She is an English Language Learner (ELL) Support Teacher at Parker High School. She has been working in that capacity since she began with the School District of Janesville in 2001.  She has worked as the department's instructional manager for the past three years. 

Jose Carrillo, a School District of Janesville student advocate, states that Julie has helped students during tragic family losses on at least two occasions, and "She sees the needs of all her students and caringly works with families in the community to ensure that their children have the best educational experiences."

Title Programs, ELL and World Language Coordinator Julie DeCook believes that "Julie is a trusted voice of experience and wisdom in meeting the needs of high school ELLs and is active in providing leadership among high school ELL teachers in examining how the School District of Janesville provides services to ELLs at the high school level." 

According to Parker High School Assistant Principal Quiana Polk, "Julie is a superb model of hard work, ability and diligence, which her students are inspired to emulate. She has been a transformational force in the lives of her students, resulting in their ability to see themselves as achievers." 

Congratulations Julie on receiving this well deserved award!

Some information in this blog was obtained from the Janesville Gazette

1 comment:

  1. Yay Julie!!! Well deserved. Our students are so blessed to have you, and so are we.

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