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Deborah Parkinson Recognized for Excellence in Education

Valley Forge Educational Services is pleased to announce the recipient of The Vanguard School’s 2016 Excellence in Education Award as Behavior Support Assistant, Deborah Parkinson. Parkinson was recognized for her extraordinary contributions to The Vanguard School, Wednesday, June 23 during the Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon.
Parkinson has worked at The Vanguard School for 26 years as a classroom aide and most recently, as a member of the behavior support team. Parkinson’s co-workers nominated her for the Excellence in Education Award in recognition of her consistent enthusiasm, her admirable dedication to student success and her endless support to colleagues.
The Excellence in Education Award is presented in memory of Richmond Horrocks, a past member of the VFES Board of Trustees and a devoted supporter of The Vanguard School. The award is presented annually to a peer-nominated Vanguard School staff member in recognition of his or her continuous efforts to enrich the educational environment for students at The Vanguard School.
Darren Levin, PhD, Director of Clinical Services at Valley Forge Educational Services, presented Parkinson with the award. “It is an honor to name Deborah as this year’s Excellence in Education Award recipient as she continuously goes above and beyond to make sure each student at The Vanguard School succeeds to the best of their ability,” Levin said. “Her dedication encourages our students to realize their full potential, substantiating our goal of creating a positive educational environment that serves as a foundation for future success.”
About Valley Forge Educational Services
Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding children and young adults to independence. VFES provides school and summer programs, transition skills programming and clinical-consultation services for children and young adults, 4–21 years of age, with special needs. Through its programs – The Luma Center for Development and Learning, Summer Matters, The Vanguard School and the Vanguard Transition Center – VFES offers direct services to young people as well as learning opportunities and support to families, schools and community organizations. For more than 50 years, VFES has been dedicated to improving special education through innovative programs and research-based practices.
About The Vanguard School
The Vanguard School is a Pennsylvania Approved Private School for students, 4–21 years of age, with an array of exceptionalities including autism spectrum disorder, neurological and speech-language impairments and social-emotional difficulties. The Vanguard School provides comprehensive special education and clinical services with a unique focus on the individual student and his or her readiness for life. Since 1959, The Vanguard School has offered an integrated approach to academic, social and career-transition skills within a supportive environment where each student is taught to become a contributing member of society.