The first week of May marked National Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, we honored our incredible school and residential staff with special events each day, including yard games, a Kona ice truck, candy bar, and cupcake party.

Throughout the week, we featured interviews with staff members on our social media pages. Check out interview highlights below, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @guildhumanservices for full staff profiles:

Cassandra May, Teacher Assistant

What drew you to the field of human services? Cassandra May

When my nephew was younger, he was mute and later on diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Once that happened, all I wanted to do was help him and any kid like him.

Do you have a favorite professional memory?

Last year we took the students swimming and it was really fun!

Isaac MongangaIsaac Monganga, Mulberry House Residential Assistant

What drew you to the field of human services?

My love of working with people with disabilities led me to this field. It makes me feel great that I have a job where I can help people.

Do you have a favorite professional memory?

One day a student told me that she really looks forward to seeing me every day. That touched my heart and gave me strength to support the students.

Thomas Lucia, Adapted Physical Education Teacher Thomas Lucia

What drew you to the field of adapted physical education?

I was initially interested in teaching in a public school, but a good friend of mine worked here and I was intrigued. It’s a really rewarding job and I enjoy working with the students and staff here.

Do you have a favorite professional memory?

One day, we took students to a golf course and had a blast playing golf and driving around in the cart.

Jill LeBlancWe were also thrilled to nominate Jill LeBlanc, Guild School Teacher, for an Excellence in Teaching Award from MAAPS, the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools. Jill was recognized for being an outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to make her students feel valued as learners and individuals. Throughout the pandemic, Jill supported her students by mailing hands-on lessons and activities to each of their homes. Each day, she meets her students where they are and demonstrates patience and respect for all learners in her care.  Congratulations, Jill!