Joseph Greget recognized as Outstanding Educator
WAOW Channel 9 presented their Outstanding Educator Award for November 2023 to Medford Schools Director of Special Education and Student Services Joseph A Greget.
The nomination letter stated “Mr Joe has created many different programs that support the mental and physical well-being of staff, students, and community members in Medford. Students have more access than ever, to help in times of crisis and need. He has applied for grants to fund and support our CARES Model which has allowed our district to provide counseling services to our students during and outside of the school day. The Medford community would not be what it is today without Mr Joe, he is greatly appreciated and loved by all.”
The CARES Model is an overall mental health framework for providing a school-medical-community mental health partnership, mental health counseling, social emotional learning, school and family engagement, suicide prevention, training and education, and services for students here in our schools and community. Families in need can contact any school in Taylor County, Counseling Connection, or Aspirus for more information.
“It is a great recognition to be nominated for and receive this award. Thank you to WAOW TV 9 for having this program featuring educators in our schools across our region. This award is humbly and proudly accepted on behalf of our special students, supportive families, dedicated school staff, quality school district, and great community.
We often say that it takes a village to raise our special friends and it also takes our special friends to help raise us up as a village. We are made better and rewarded each day by them.
This is evidenced by our exemplary teaching staff, invested administration and BOE members, special programs, school and family events in our schools and community, inclusive playgrounds, evidenced based reading curriculums like Wilson Reading and Read 180, Wilson Dyslexia Specialists, SOAR program, Medford Adult Diploma Academy, before and after school programming, 20+ years of alternative education, new Little Red Academy, five day a week pre-kindergarten, school and community collaborations, EL services, addressing rural shortage of school psychologists, drug free communities programming, expansion of school mental health providers with school social workers and school nurses, and our mental health programs like the CARES Model Partnership,” said Greget.
WAOW showcased their November 2023 Educator of the Month on their Sunday November 19th broadcast. Pictured in the photo are students and staff at Medford Area Elementary School where Channel 9 presented Joseph Greget with the award and filmed the TV news feature.