Being selected as “Citizen of the Year” came as a complete surprise to Valley School and Paideia High School Counselor Natalee Reid. “I feel like I’m just doing my job,” Natalee modestly confesses. She sees her positon as a career, but also as an opportunity to fulfill her passion to mentor and advocate for children and families. That passion caught the eye of board members and administrators, who affirmed her worthiness for this special recognition.
Paideia High School Principal Matt Cox commented, “Natalee is a deserving recipient because she has empathy for everyone that crosses her path, is willing to assist with duties outside of her normal responsibilities, and is pleasant beyond measure to work with.”
Teacher and colleague Alyssa Bellevue concurred, “Natalee, or ‘Miss Natalee’ as the kids say, is a true leader in our school. She finds ways to comfort and support all of our students, ranging from lunchtime buddy groups, helping with ASB, to specialized support for students with intense emotional needs. She has also played an integral role in getting PBIS (a positive behavior program) up and running at the Valley School, no small task! It seems like everything we have going here involves Natalee in some way. Because she is so good at what she does, it allows us to be able to have more success with our students in class.” More