Everett Public Schools paraeducator earns PSE’s Presidential Leadership Award

Victoria Bosket is recognized by the Evertt Public School's school board at the Sept. 27 meeting.

Note: After receiving PSE’s Presidental Leadership award at the 2011 Convention, Victoria Bosket was recognized by her school district, Everett Public Schools, on Sept. 27. The following was published in the school district’s newsletter:

Bosket works hand-in-hand with Emerson teachers to help students navigate the complexities of learning English at the same time they are building math, reading and writing skills.  Victoria’s quiet, persistent, ever-present and optimistic support of their learning has earned her the adoration of students, gratitude of families, respect of her school colleagues, and now state recognition by Public School Employees of Washington.

In July, during the PSE state conference, Bosket received the Presidential Leadership Award. The award’s criteria clearly denotes that Bosket is not only an exemplary educator; she is also an exemplary leader among her co‑workers in Everett Public Schools and across the state.

In July, during the PSE state conference, Bosket received the Presidential Leadership Award. The award’s criteria clearly denotes that Bosket is not only an exemplary educator; she is also an exemplary leader among her co‑workers in Everett Public Schools and across the state.

Bosket’s nature is quiet, behind-the-scenes advocacy for students and staff. So it is no surprise to those who know her that almost three months have passed since she earned the award – or that information about the award came to light because someone else mentioned it.

Jean Sarcletti is also a district paraeducator who has worked with Bosket for many years. “Knowing that Victoria would never tell you about her award, I’m calling it to your attention,”Sarcletti told Superintendent Gary Cohn. Cohn and the board of directors will formally recognize Bosket’s achievements at the Sept. 27, 2011 school board meeting.

Among the comments in support of Bosket’s award, Sarcletti wrote, “Victoria is highly regarded in our district by anyone who is on a board, committee, or in a school with her. Her quiet demeanor belies the compassion she has for all educators – classified, certificated or administrative.”

Cynthia Jones, who worked with Bosket as principal at Emerson Elementary, says, “Victoria is an outstanding educator who sets high standards and expectations for her students while providing them with high levels of support so they can be successful. She sets the same high standards in her work with adults, both within our school, as president of the district paraeducator association, and as a leader in district and state-level work. Victoria has the ability to see different points of view and find the commonalities, while not compromising her beliefs and integrity.”

Cohn appreciates Bosket’s collaborative style. “Whether it is in a volunteer capacity as a member of an advisory council or the strategic planning committee or as an employee representative, Victoria explores issues thoroughly, approaches issues with problem-solving skills and works with all those involved to reach consensus and positive results.

“I’m always pleased when our staff are recognized inside and outside of the district for their work. Victoria represents the best of all of us, and we are so proud of her honor. We are all better off for being able to work with her.”

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