CHAMPION OF CHANGE
Posted 05/11/2016 10:00AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CONTACT: LEISA WINSTON
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS
(949) 497-7770 EXT. 5219 | LWINSTON@LBUSD.ORG

Margaret Warder Selected as White House ‘Champion of Change’ 

Margaret Warder, an Intervention Paraeducator at Top of the World, is one of 12 classified school employees from across the nation selected by the White House as a 2016 Champions of Change honoree.

“As an Intervention Paraeducator, my satisfaction comes from working with young students to help them excel in their reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. This is such a gratifying experience,” said Warder.

On the job, Warder often works with students one-on-one. She coordinates programs that help students reach their full potential. Warder has the keen ability to relate to students on their level while also challenging them to reach new heights in their education. In her community, Warder is civically engaged, serving on a number of city committees, and is a staunch advocate in women’s and children’s issues.

“It takes a special person like Margaret Warder to make real connections with students and help them experience their full potential,” Classified School Employees Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “Through building relationships where they are most comfortable, Margaret challenges her students to reach goals they might otherwise have thought impossible. Her dedication and compassion make Margaret a true Champion of Change, and we salute her for making a difference in the lives of so many students.”

A press statement released by the White House stated, “Educators, including school support professionals, often go above and beyond to meet all of the needs of students so they can achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom. The White House is excited to honor and celebrate the incredible work of school support professionals.”

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. In addition to honoring education support professionals, the White House has honored Champions of Change for climate equity, living wage, the Affordable Care Act, expanding fair chance opportunities, among others.

The White House will honor and celebrate the incredible work of Margaret Warder, alongside other classified school employees at a ceremony Wednesday, May 11. The event will be live streamed on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live/ at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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