Celebrating Amazing Women!

March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH! Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. We'd like to honor all of the incredible women who make a difference and inspire us every day. We asked our staff to complete a brief questionnaire  and tell us about a special lady they'd like to honor. Here are their honorees:
 
Ms. Pharaud, Science Teacher: "The women in my life epitomize the profound depths of resilience and boundless compassion. Among them, my grandmother, Tulia Youyoute, affectionately known as 'Old Lady,' stood as a beacon of love and joy. Despite the trials of life, she remained forever young at heart, her spirit vibrant and infectious. Mama Tulia's love knew no bounds; it was woven into the very fabric of her being. Her presence illuminated every occasion, from joyous celebrations to mundane moments, infusing them with warmth and familial connection.  My mother, Simone Pharaud, emerged from Haiti with limited English but boundless determination, establishing herself as a pillar of strength and success in her career as a nurse. Her journey embodies the triumph of the human spirit, inspiring me and my siblings to pursue higher education and dare to dream amidst adversity.  Together, these remarkable women have left an indelible mark on my life, their legacies of love, resilience, and empowerment serving as guiding lights in my journey. I am forever grateful for their presence and the profound lessons they have imparted."
 
Ms. Ortiz, Instructional Coach: "Rasheeda Simpson; she goes above and beyond for staff, students, and her community."
 
Ms. Richardson, Office Manager: "My mother, Roseanne Butts. Roseanne Butts was an honorable, strong Black woman who worked hard for her family and treated people with the utmost respect. She was kind, hard-working and was a true embodiment of every quality that a woman living in today's society should signify. She loved her family and raised generations of proud African Americans despite being a single mother for the most part; a teacher, a role model, a trooper through and through. Although her methods seemed harsh it was essential in making a great family that still runs strong to this day. Roseanne Butts was not just a regular black woman; she was everything a Black woman should aspire to be." 
 
Mr. Q, Operations Manager: "The women in my life have taught me to value patience, empathy, and sincerity.  When I felt that vulnerability was an imperfection, these women taught me that there was actually strength in these characteristics.  Because of these women, I am a better all around person."
 
Mr. Morgan, Special Education Case Manager: "My mom.  She would always say good manners will take you further in life because people appreciate when you respect them."
 
Join us in honoring and celebrating all of the amazing women out there! Happy Women's History Month!