Annie McClintock, NYSUT's 2015 School-Related Professionals Member of the Year, was honored by President Obama during a White House ceremony in May for being among the "School Support White House Champions of Change."
McClintock is one of a dozen school support staff and paraprofessionals from around the country who were recognized for their leadership skills as well as their commitment to making sure students get the support and motivation they need to succeed.
"'Champion of Change' is a fitting recognition for Annie McClintock," said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. "She is constantly seeking ways to improve what she does for her students and for the members in her local. She's been instrumental in encouraging teaching assistants to continue to take the professional development classes that they need to advance through their certification levels."
McClintock is president of the United Teaching Assistants of Harborfields and a member of the NYSUT SRP Advisory Committee. She works with a Long Island nonprofit organization, the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative, which provides support for local low-income and homeless families.
"Annie McClintock is a tireless advocate for public school students and for the teaching assistants in her local," said NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale, whose office oversees SRP issues for the union. "She is also passionate about social justice issues. She recognizes that helping students succeed continues beyond the end of the school day and beyond the walls of the school building."