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Local 4098 Member of the Month
September 2022
Thu-Huong Nguyen

Thu-Huong Nguyen has been a Para-educator in the Springfield Public Schools and member of the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals since August 30, 1996.

Amanda Farr, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and co-worker wrties "I would like to nominate Mrs. Thu to be the Member of the Month. She is a Paraeducator at Chestnut TAG in the developmental program. She goes above and beyond to help all of the children in her classroom. Mrs. Thu is a hard worker and comes every day to work with a smile on her face. She has been a Paraeducator for 30 plus years working with the developmental students. She helps the students reach their highest potential. Mrs. Thu builds meaning relationships with all of her students. She is truly deserving of being nominated."

"I have worked with Ms. Thu in the middle school developmental program on and off for many years. She is a very special Paraeducator working with a very special population. Ms Thu has an incredible way of reaching students in the developmental program year in and year out. She has a very kind soul and is always finding ways to take care of everyone – students and staff!! Congratulations Ms. Thu, this honor is well deserved." writes Jennifer Forfa Physical Therapy Assistant.

Jullynette Vazquez, Special Education Teacher, writes "Ms. Thu is amazing and highly dependable. She supports and helps me establish and maintain a positive and safe environment for our students. Treats everyone with kindness and respect. Shows great love and patience to our students. Ms. Thu has been working in the school system since 1998, she is very knowledgeable and a great asset to our program."

Congratulations Thu-Huong Nguyen and thank you for Making A Difference!
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Nominate a Local 4098 Member to be the Member of the Month


Do you know a member of our unit who goes above and beyond?  Would you like to nominate that person for recognition within our local? 


We would like to acknowledge a single member of our unit on a monthly basis for their contributions to our members and our local.  


Use this link to nominate a member and tell us a little about why you think we should recognize them as the "Local 4098  Member of the Month ". 


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