Ridgefield Public School names Paraeducator of the Year

RIDGEFIELD — For the second time this spring, Ridgefield Public School administrators, East Ridge Middle School teachers and staff gathered for a surprise announcement of an exemplary educator. ERMS paraeducator Arlene Litt was presented with RPS’s Paraeducator of the Year award.

Litt — wrapped in a pink boa and wearing the school’s crown — thanked her students, colleagues, ERMS Principal Patricia Raneri and family members, including her son, Jacob, who helped plan the surprise.

Director of Personnel Karen Dewing presented Litt with the award. She remarked that Litt distinguished herself from 21 other paraeducators nominated by families and RPS staff since her contributions went beyond the classroom to better the entire school community. Those who nominated Litt commented on her relationships with students, her dedication and her work ethic during the COVID year as well as through the years.

Of the many glowing commendations Litt received, one nominator wrote: “Arlene is one of the kindest, most accepting (and) hardworking people with whom I have had the pleasure of working. She lives by the ERMS core values of PRIDE, treats adults and kids as if they are treasured members of her family and embodies the RPS vision of the graduate (while modeling) them for students every day.”

Another person wrote, “Arlene is a true member of the entire Ridgefield community. She stays after school on a regular basis to assist not only her students but others involved in extracurricular activities. Arlene has (also) been instrumental in continuing the musical and theater program at East Ridge Middle School (and) has been at the forefront of food drives and distribution for our East Ridge community.”

RPS congratulated Litt and thanked all its paraeducators who go above and beyond to serve its students and school communities every day.