A child should know some Joy in each day is a fundamental Re-Ed principle and is exactly what Patty Folmer brings to Pressley Ridge Day School as a supervisor of ancillary staff. If you see a smile on a day school student’s face, Patty most likely had something to do with putting there.
Patty recently celebrated 27 years at the Day School Pittsburgh. She has been instrumental in programing for the day school, as well as, for the agency. Prior to her role as a supervisor, Patty was a classroom teacher. She has also, without hesitation, supported as teacher when there were staff changes or shortages. She is a trainer and participates in various committees.
There is no doubt you have seen her at a Pressley Ridge fundraiser.
I have had the pleasure to have her as my supervisor for only one and half years. She took on the task of supporting the re-integration program as well as the ancillary staff during the 2011-2012 school years. There were many difficult transitions during those school years and Patty helped to make them smooth. She supported our team and provided insight and suggestions that helped not only the reintegration team, but the students as well. She brought knowledge and at times had a few old stories to make us all laugh and keep things in perspective.
To know Patty is to know that she loves children and working at Pressley Ridge. She enjoys bringing happiness to the lives of the students and occasionally she will plan fun events for staff during in-service days. She facilitates both and large and small events. Students start the school year with a welcome back picnic. They enjoy pumpkin decorating contests, fall fest, a Thanksgiving feast and before they know it, a holiday event that brings joy to everyone. Having only a brief recovery from that event, Patty is on to the next one. She starts the planning for family spaghetti dinner and before the year is out she works with a committee to provide one of the day schools most wonder events, graduation. Ceremony and Ritual give order is never demonstrated better as families leave the celebration for dinner and to have time to reflect on how much pride they feel at that moment.
Summer begins and so does the work for one of Pressley Ridge’s largest fundraisers. Patty works many hours to get the Ice Cream Funday off without a hitch.
Patty works tirelessly to make all the above events happen, while supervising the ancillary program, helping set up sport teams, program events, and daily functions.
So if you have the pleasure to be at the day school and happen to see a child in a bunch of hay, or with presents for friends and families, a football, basketball or soccer team celebrating a win, a family enjoying dinner and each other, and a graduate and family sharing a proud moment, Patty Folmer helped make that moment happen and she is my nominee for supervisor of the year.