Maelena Carpenter has a gift. She has a unique ability to connect with the special education students she works with each and every day. Her capacity to help students achieve goals and enjoy successes they never dreamed possible is one of the many reasons Carpenter was named the House Creek Elementary Paraprofessional of the Year.
House Creek Elementary Principal Todd Williams selected Carpenter for the honor.
“Mrs. Carpenter has a special ability when it comes to developing and keeping student relationships. Maelena is able to connect with the students she sees and helps them achieve success both in the class and with their social skills,” Williams said. “Maelena is hard working, goal driven, and an out-of-the-box thinker. She is always willing to take on any task no matter how big or small with a smile on her face. Maelena is an asset to our special education department, and the student success is proof of her hard work and dedication.”
Williams’ said the entire school is drawn to Carpenter because of her optimistic approach to life’s challenges.
“Maelena Carpenter’s outgoing personality is the first thing our students see in the morning as she welcomes them with a cheerful smile,” Williams said. “Maelena is often caught singing songs around the school and it never fails to make a student giggle or smile. Her positive personality is contagious for both students and staff.”
Carpenter has worked for two and a half years as a special education aide for CCISD. Williams said working with exceptional needs students is not always easy but Carpenter makes it look like it is.
“Her students always respond to her direction in a way that helps the achieve success in their classes,” Williams said. “Maelena is always willing to take on any assignment with the best possible attitude and always seeks positive solutions for the students.”