Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Randolph, Massachusetts
Alan is an integral part of the May Center School in Randolph, Massachusetts. As the Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, he combines his knowledge and passion for athletics and exercise to create an opportunity for students to participate and grow in activities they may not otherwise experience.
Recently, Alan coordinated with Special Olympics of Massachusetts to bring the Special Olympics Games to the May Center School, Randolph. Not only was this the first time that many of the students participated in Special Olympics, it was the first time that the school, in its entirety, participated in an event of this magnitude. Alan effectively collaborated with various departments, vendors and volunteers within the May Institute and greater community to make this event a huge success.
The day began with a student parade, an opening ceremony, and a variety of activities (developed by Alan) that enabled all the students to fully participate. The time, energy and passion Alan put into this event was visible from start to finish, and by all accounts, the impact the games had on the students, their families and the employees that work at the center was immeasurable!
"Working at the May Center continues to be an extremely challenging and rewarding profession. My experience at the May has provided me with the opportunity to interact with a variety of wonderful staff and students. These individuals create the canvas that is the May Institute and continue to push us forward both professionally and culturally. I am honored to be nominated for this award and it helps to remind me that without my wonderful co-workers, none of this would be possible. In the words of Phil Jackson: The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."
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