This Thursday, a very special person in the Estherville Lincoln Central School District received a very special award - and she deserves it tremendously.
Lizbeth Ramos, parent contact coordinator for the district, received the Paul Mann Memorial Human Relations Award from the Iowa State Education Association in Des Moines. Only one such award is given each year. Presenting the award was Chris Bern, ISEA president, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.
In her letter nominating Ramos, Kris Schlievert, ELC elementary principal, said, "Lizbeth has given parents rides when they cannot drive and helped connect with community resources if they are in need of assistance like heat, food, clothing or medical attention. She does a fantastic job helping parents of special needs students with all the red tape and educational jargon involved in IEP's (individualized educational plans) and the referral/special education identification process."
The reason Ramos received the award, of course, is because she went far above and beyond what her job requires. Her dedication and commitment have been recognized by her peers throughout the entire state.
And that's impressive.
We are extremely lucky to have people like Ramos working at ELC, which is already renowned for the dedication of its faculty and staff. There is not a single person in a single building in the school that doesn't commit his or her life to the students.
It's people like Ramos, though, who go far, far beyond to help both students and parents. And it's people like her that are the glue and sinew that keeps society moving and held together.
Congratulations, Lizbeth, on an award well deserved. And congratulations, ELC, for having the vision to hire such an excellent employee.