Student Nomination Story

My daughter, Ella McNamara is 6 years old and in kindergarten. She had a ruptured appendix and was out of school for over 30 days. While she was hospitalized, Mrs. Boccia had her classmates write cards for Ella and sent them home with her big brother Kaleb (he goes to same school and is 8 years old) Mrs. Boccia also had her classmates FaceTime with Ella while she was in the hospital. One day, they sent a video message saying “good morning Ella.” Mrs. Boccia also took the time one evening after school and visited Ella at the hospital and read to her and brought her little fuzzy socks as a gift. Mrs. Boccia also made my family a meal and brought it to my house, and gave us a Panera gift card. Mrs. Boccia was instrumental in Ella’s education and helped facilitate Ella getting home schooled for 2 weeks, after she was discharged from the hospital. Mrs. Boccia came to my house for an hour at least 3 times a week for an hour each time to do school lessons with Ella (after she taught at school all day). She would even involve big brother Kaleb in the lessons (she was also Kalebs kindergarten teacher also). Ella is back to full days at school, but is having a hard transition after being so sick for so long. Mrs. Boccia continues to go above and beyond to put Ella and myself at ease and support my family. I have never known a teacher to be so caring, loving, generous, and passionate about teaching, like Mrs Boccia. She is an extraordinary teacher and wonderful person and deserves to be recognized for all her hard work, which, I really think is just what comes naturally to her.

Ella McNamara

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