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

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  • 11 / Jun / 2013
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
  • 13 / Jun / 2013

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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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