October 2020 Star 3 Employee: Alex Ortowski

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As the school counselor, Alex Ortowski (or Ms. O as we call her), serves and supports our students and teachers in many ways. First and most importantly, her positive, can-do attitude is most recognizable. She has a very compassionate heart and wants to help our students grow and achieve to their maximum level in their classroom academics and in their social-emotional development. She communicates and works very effectively with our teachers, staff, and parents. She provides a collaborative and positive culture here at school among staff members. She meets with our students through her guidance classes each week, individually, and in small groups to help them work through academic challenges, friendship issues, or other social-emotional issues they are facing. Ms. Ortowski has taken a leadership role this school year by taking over as our chairperson for our MTSS Team and is already making a positive impact in meeting our students' needs. Ms. O shares our "Kudos" staff celebrations each week via email with great things that are going on at Grays Chapel. We are so thankful for her positivity and problem solving each and every day!. Ms. O eagerly embraces other roles as our 504 Chairperson and parent liaison by following up with students and parents, encouraging them, and offering solutions to remote students and their families during COVID. She also shares great ideas and creativity with our staff in making teaching and learning more fun and engaging here at GC!!

Ms. Ortowski's commitment to the students and staff at Grays Chapel is immeasurable. Ms. Ortowski is greatly respected, valued, and appreciated by our staff. We are proud to honor her as our STAR3 Employee for October.