Support Person of the Year

Royal Oak Schools Announces Support Person Of The Year
Posted on 04/27/2023
Conklin and Boyer 2023

Royal Oak Schools is proud to announce that Jessica Conklin has been named the district’s Support Person of the Year. “This has been a very exciting moment for me that I will always cherish,” said Conklin after receiving the award.

Addams Elementary Principal Tim Boyer nominated Conklin.
“Jessica is a jack of all trades in our building,” said Boyer. “ She builds strong, positive relationships with her assigned students and students throughout the building. She understands the students she works with, which allows her to challenge them at their level while providing a safe environment. She does an amazing job working with teachers to align her practices with classroom teacher expectations. She has taken her passion for supporting students in our ASD program and spread her impact across our entire building.”

Conklin is a paraprofessional in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) program at Addams Elementary. She is responsible for providing direct support to the ASD students. She works with classroom teachers, ASD resource teachers, and other staff to support students. She has three children in Royal Oak Schools, two at Addams, and one at the high school, who is a member of the Unified Sports team. She also helped out with the high school Unified Basketball Team this year.

On Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Conklin was surprised in front of her co-workers, school leadership, and district administration.
“I absolutely love my job and all that I do,” said Conklin. “Working with the kids brightens my days. Even in hard moments, they always say or do something that makes me laugh and smile. I also couldn’t do the job I do without the support of our amazing Addams team. Addams Elementary has always been a very special place. The environment is one that we can all thrive in. We work as a team, and I have always felt valued, and my ideas are truly valued.”

Conklin will be invited to the May Board of Education meeting for further recognition.