Plainville Community Schools behavior analyst Christina Kiley has been named recipient of the Thomas DiCorleto Memorial Outstanding Service Award from the Farmington Valley Special Education Directors Association.
“Mr. Thomas DiCorleto exemplified reaching out to those in need and helping them achieve more than they dreamed was possible. I am humbled to be the recipient of the Thomas DiCorleto award and carry out his legacy as I continue my commitment to students, their families and my colleagues,” Kiley said. “Together we work to build new opportunities for the children of Plainville Community Schools.”
District colleagues Agnieszka Petlik and Julie Garceau nominated Kiley for the award, which was developed to honor the Farmington Valley Directors’ beloved colleague, Tom DiCorleto, former Director of Pupil Services in Granby, and his lifelong commitment to the service of students with special needs.
The award is presented annually to a person who embodies the passion and commitment to children that DiCorleto demonstrated. Criteria for the award include: outstanding competencies that reflect high expectations, student achievement and positive outcomes for students; leadership characteristics demonstrated through interactions with colleagues, parents and students; outstanding contributions made in department, school and district; and demonstration of excellence through professional development.
An excerpt from Kiley’s nomination articulates her extensive experience and outstanding contributions to students, staff and families:
“She is always looking for ways that students can overcome obstacles and reach their goals. She extends herself and shares her expertise with all those who need it. She is known and respected across the district because of her willingness to contribute and ease in doing so. Christina has high expectations, not only of herself, but also of those around her because she truly believes that when given a clear plan and the necessary support, students can succeed.”
Kiley, who holds a certification in Intermediate Administration, graduate-level certification in behavior analysis and Comprehensive Special Education, K-12, earned an Intermediate Administrator Certification from Sacred Heart University, Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph, Masters of Arts in Special Education from the University of Saint Joseph and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from Pine Manor College.
Kiley began her career as a special education teacher in Plainville in 2006 and has served in her current position as a BCBA/LBA with Plainville Community Schools since 2012. She is a member of The Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis, previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Joseph and served on the Board of Directors for Autism Families Connecticut.
“Christina represents the exceptional commitment our special services staff has to Plainville’s students, families and staff. I am so grateful for her dedication to ensuring all children, including students with disabilities, can achieve at high levels and truly be part of the Plainville community,” Director of Special Services Vicki Trzcinski said.
“Congratulations to Mrs. Kiley on receiving this meaningful recognition and honor for her exemplary care and dedication to serving children,” said Superintendent of Schools Steven LePage. “Christina is an exemplary educator and caregiver to students, and Plainville is fortunate to have her on our team.”