Margaret Pumilia, assistant teacher for Yellow Class in Kingston, was awarded this year’s Ruby Rose Award of Excellence. This annual award is peer-driven, with staff members nominating a coworker who embodies the values of Spectrum Services. “Margaret goes above and beyond her job responsibilities every single day,” says Carol Hikade, the Special Educator of Yellow Class. “She is an assistant, a leader, a friend, a cheerleader, an organizer, and someone any parent can trust with their child with.”
Margaret strives to provide what is best for her students and coworkers. She works closely with the Special Educator in Yellow Class during the summer, while Carol is away, and ensures the children receive consistent and appropriate care. She works with her team to brighten the lives of their students through activities and learning skills. “She sees the best in every child, no matter how easy or difficult they can be. Children are naturally drawn to her,” says Carol, “and when it comes to staff, she has the ability to help build each of her colleagues’ self-confidence.”
Margaret also organizes the childcare for our Parents Night Out group (a respite service funded by OPWDD), and childcare during the evening for parent groups and workshops. She oversees the staff and plans the many engaging activities for the children. “Margaret is more than just a babysitter at these Parent Nights Out,” says Leah Siuta, Spectrum Services Family Service Department Head. “She goes far beyond her job requirements and shows a tremendous dedication to the students and siblings in her care. Kids just love her.”
In countless ways, Margaret exemplifies the values of Center for Spectrum Services; she carries with her a desire to share her expertise with colleagues and families, she is committed to ongoing learning, and ends each day knowing she has elevated the life of a child with autism. We are extremely fortunate to have Margaret on our staff.
Established in 2005 by Spectrum Services parents Bernardo and Barbara Mongil, The Ruby Rose Award provides a way for our staff to recognize their coworkers for outstanding job performance. Named for the Mongils’ daughter, who was one of our students, the Ruby Rose Award represents the standards of outstanding job performance valued by our agency. In addition to recognition by faculty and on a plaque at the school, winners also receive a monetary gift.