Resolution J2316-2013

Honoring Paul Paquette upon the occasion of his retirement after 21 years of distinguished service as an educator



  • Jun 13, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Paul Paquette upon the occasion of his
retirement after 21 years of distinguished service as an educator

WHEREAS, New York State's commitment to education is  unparalleled;  its
history and stature are secured by the superlative caliber of its educa-
tional professionals and the students they inspire; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge the
significant milestones in the distinguished careers of those outstanding
educational leaders, whose dedication and achievements have been instru-
mental in developing character and  academic  excellence  in  the  young
people of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Paul
Paquette upon the occasion of his retirement after 21 years of dedicated
service in education; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Paquette, an English Language Learner (ELL)  teacher  at
the  Covert  Avenue  School and Clara H. Carlson School, has changed the
outcome of students' lives and the Elmont community in which they  live;
  WHEREAS,  Paul Paquette's experiences as an ELL teacher and a Resource
Person in Thailand helped to prepare him for teaching students who  come
from diverse cultural backgrounds; and
  WHEREAS,  Paul Paquette is an extremely generous, industrious educator
who works tirelessly in helping students in all areas  of  their  lives;
his classroom is always filled with hardworking, motivated students, who
are  having  fun while learning from his meaningful hands-on activities;
  WHEREAS, He always places children's learning first, often  giving  up
his  lunch and/or preps to help in meeting their needs; Paul is the kind
of teacher who always has both a quick and ready smile and laugh and  is
always  willing  with  an  open  heart  to  give  his all in helping his
students in any way possible; and
  WHEREAS, This outstanding educator is an excellent role model for  his
students;  after  the  devastating  tsunami  in  Thailand, Paul Paquette
worked with the Student Council in organizing a  fundraiser  to  benefit
the children of Phuket and their families; the funds that were collected
were used to rebuild a school and purchase school equipment and supplies
for the students; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Paquette has served as a member of the Building Advisory
Committee  and  coordinates  the  annual  Cultural Diversity Celebration
during which time ELL students perform; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, he  initiated  the  ELL  Computer  and  Homework
Clubs;  these  clubs were extremely helpful to the students who, much of
the time, did not have someone at home fluent enough to assist them with
their homework; and
  WHEREAS, Educators like Paul Paquette provide a tremendous service  to
the  future  of  our  State  and  Nation, inspiring generations of young
people in their educational journeys and ensuring their success in their
future years; and
  WHEREAS, Paul Paquette has clearly had an enduring impact on the youth
of the Elmont School District, as well as on the community-at-large, and
accordingly merits recognition and applause  for  his  impressive  dedi-
cation to others; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body to commend the
efforts of those individuals who work to support our proud tradition  of
public  education  by providing their skills and talents to our schools;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Paul  Paquette upon the occasion of his retirement after 21 years
of dedicated service in education, and for his significant contributions
to education in New York State; and to wish him continued success in all
of his future endeavors; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Paul Paquette.


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