The Award of Excellence this year is presented to Paula Vallie. Paula has worked in Amity Regional High School’s College and Career Center for the last seven years. Before coming to Amity Regional High School she worked for 9 years at Amity Middle School in Orange and at Turkey Hill School in Orange prior to that.
In the words of her colleagues, Paula Vallie is a bright star within the Amity Regional High School Counseling Department. As the Career Center Coordinator Paula’s ability to find jobs, community service projects, and mentors for our students has been truly a gift to our community. Paula has built a strong community outreach, often researching SSLP sites or stopping in to visit on her way home from work or on the weekends.
When Amity went to virtual learning Paula came up with the idea of creating a document with links to virtual college tours for the 50 colleges that Amity students most frequently apply to, which could be shared with students and parents. Paula always puts students first and will never hesitate to go above and beyond, no matter the time of day or day of the week, if one of our students needs help with something.
Paula greets everyone who enters the office with a smile, along with her innate kindness and respect. She is a student-focused educator, patiently working to answer students’ questions and assisting them in creating solutions. Whenever there is a task that needs extra hands Paula is always the first to volunteer.
She has a team approach to work, and her presence is felt. She is unusually kind to all. Described as a true friend, a steadfast employee, and a loyal colleague, her work ethic and energy are rare; and the students and community of Amity are blessed to have her.