ZED Above and Beyond Award

ZED would like to recognize two staff members that were recipients of our 'Above and Beyond' Award. 

Kay Frick      Melanie Akason                         

Kay Frick, who serves as Carl Perkins Facilitator for ZED but also spends some time at the ALC helping students/staff, was nominated by many for her tremendous work eithic and going above and beyond for member district students and the ALC for whatever assistance is needed. Kay is always a positive influence with a smile on her face both in the office and at conferences, with staff or students. Kay has taken the Carl Perkins grant program and expanded tremendously during her tenure. She tirelessly works to push the boundaries of the program for student success at ZED and our member districts. Congratulations Kay! We are blessed to have such a positive and dedicated staff member on our ZED team! (Pictured above on left with Executive Director, Patrick Gordon)

Melanie Akason, Transition 2 Success Special Education Paraprofessional, also received several nominations while only being at ZED for a little over a year. Her nominators cited that Melanie "brought a new sense of excitment, joy, and a true understanding of working with students with a variety of disabilities." Melanie worked with a student who was non-verbal and refused to participate in activities and through using various strategies this student is now using his voice again and is flourishing at T2S. Her nominators also cited that Melanie is "a go-getter, takes initiative, and all in all an enjoyable person that is SURE to light up the room." Congratulations Melanie! ZED is blessed to have such a wonderful team member! (Pictured above on right with Executive Director, Patrick Gordon)