One of the qualities that sets Vedrana Carew apart as a staff member is her ability to connect with students and build trusting relationships, say her colleagues.
Carew has been the English Language Development Assistant at Lindsay Community School for more than five years.
“Vedrana embodies everything that makes JCCS great: she puts our students first; She not only gets the job done, she excels in everything she does and strives to learn new things to improve the services we provide to our students and staff,” said Patricia Jimenez.
It is this concern for her work and her students that led peers to nominate her and a panel of peers to choose her SDCOE School Employee of the Year. She will now compete at county level.
Most recently, she was instrumental in reviewing assessments for students learning English as a second language. She also organizes the annual Christmas party for students and makes sure they receive gifts and/or food baskets for themselves and their babies. Lindsay Community School partners with Children of the Rainbow to support pregnant and parenting teens in grades 9-12.
“I know there are many hard-working, dedicated staff at SDCOE, but few are loved by students, staff and families like Vedrana Carew,” said principal Theresa Fox and teacher Dawn Miller in their nomination form.
Carew said she is thrilled to be working with the team and students she is making. “I always say that I am the happiest person alive and feel privileged to work with Lindsay’s students, teachers and staff,” she explained.
She added that she is proud of the foundation that Lindsay Community School educators are laying to create a more just world through a commitment to access and opportunity and a focus on social justice.
“As educators, we strive to do our best for our students in a shared pursuit of success and achievement,” she said. “As mentors, we are here to help grow and develop strong relationships, guiding students and each other on our journey to the extraordinary.