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Miguady Acosta, Marylyn Seibott Winner 2016
Migaudy is receiving this award because of her professional progress, her personal achievements, her contributions to the agency and her exemplary efforts and leadership.
Migaudy carries out her work with the same positive attitude and enthusiasm that was witnessed in Marylyn. Migaudy encourages and inspires coworkers, children and families. She has also been an inspiration to her own children.
Migaudy was hired in 2002 as a classroom aide. At that time, she was enrolling her son in our Head Start Program. She was a recent High School graduate interested in working with young children. We were in need of additional bilingual aides to support the enrolling children and families. Although Migaudy had lived in the United States since grade school, she was not yet a citizen and Spanish was her primary language. She was grateful for the opportunity to work in our program.
Shortly after beginning, the credential requirements for her position began to change. Migaudy stepped up to enroll in classes and to become one of the first classroom aides to achieve a Child Development Associate credential. She also completed the process to become a citizen and continued efforts to improve her English language speaking and writing skills.
But once she started, Migaudy did not want to stop her professional growth. She began taking classes at Community College in Early Childhood Education. Meanwhile, Migaudy’s family was growing, her older son was in Elementary school and younger son was ready to enroll in Head Start. She moved up to become an Associate Teacher in Head Start.
In 2012 Migaudy completed an AA in ECE and began a BS degree in ECE. In 2015 Migaudy enrolled her daughter in Head Start and completed her BS degree in ECE and became a lead teacher in a Head Start classroom. Migaudy is now completing requirements for certification in ECE and has aspirations to obtain a Master’s degree.
Staff applauds Migaudy’s efforts and celebrates her achievements and professional growth. Meanwhile, Migaudy’s daughter continues in Head Start and her sons are now in 3rd grade and High School. They have embraced their Mom’s love of learning and are good students with an eye for the future.
Marylyn was a supportive mentor to so many of us, and we can see that Migaudy is a supportive mentor to those around her. Congratulations!
Gary Clofine, Bringing Ability to Life Award Winner
On June 24, 2004 Gary was hired at KenCrest and on that day and every day that has followed his positive energy has been felt by many people in the KenCrest community. Through the years Gary has worn many hats but the one thing that is constant is his willingness to help wherever and whenever needed. He is seen as a valuable resource by many of us.
Since converting the Transitional Care Homes to ICFs in 2005, Gary has contributed to years of licensing with no deficiencies. Gary always keeps the children’s best interest at heart. His work with the families has led to greater family involvement and for those children whose families are not involve, Gary fights to identify a special person who will be involved in the child’s life. One example that stands out is the discharge of one little girl. In this case the mother had an intellectual disability that could have been an obstacle in the little girl being able to go home however through Gary’s dedication and work with the mother and her boyfriend supports were set up in the home and in school and the little girl was discharged home to her family.
When it was identified that Gwynedd needed to be restructured Gary jumped right in. He learned all about the residents who resided at Gwynedd and was instrumental in identifying alternative placements for a large number of them. For those eight residents that remain at Gwynedd, Gary has ensured that their lives are full by providing and encouraging their inclusion in the world around them. Whether it be arranging for music and massage therapy or ensuring that they go on social outings, the residents’ lives have been enhanced by Gary’s presence. Gary has the staff think outside the box when arranging for social outings. Gary has developed a special relationship with the residents and the staff at Gwynedd. Pam, one of the residents who reside at Gwynedd, lights up every time she sees Gary and hears his voice. Watching Gary’s interaction with Pam and the other residents provides insight into why Gary is well liked and a positive influence in this agency.
Last year when we were experiencing difficulties in the group homes in Chester County, Gary took on a caseload of houses in addition to his already full plate of responsibilities in the ICF homes and Gwynedd without hesitation. He gave all the staff his phone number so that they could reach him at any time to discuss issues or ideas to rectify the problems that were identified. Gary was able to complete a large number of home reviews in a short period of time and identify the areas that needed to be addressed. He not only identified the issues he participated in rectifying the problems.
Whether it is his inclusion in many agency committees or answering the call when assistance is needed, Gary exemplifies what KenCrest is all about.