Doniashay Tyner Named Norwalk Paraeducator of the Year

Doniashay Tyner Named Norwalk Paraeducator of the Year
Posted on 07/24/2019
Doniashay Tyner

West Rocks Middle School’s Doniashay Tyner has been named Norwalk Paraeducator of the Year. Ms. Tyner was chosen for her dedication to both students, teachers and parents both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Ms. Tyner has been an exemplary model in our school for how best to support students with special needs,” said West Rocks Principal Adam Reynolds. “Doniashay’s kind and caring personality is well known in our community, and we are fortunate to have her skills and dedication as part of the West Rocks Middle School family.”

In addition to assisting classroom teachers, Ms. Tyner supports in the implementation of Individual Education Plans for students, and monitors their progress on an individual basis. She is recognized in the school community for her communication skills and her ability to form meaningful relationships with students and parents.

Known for her ability to manage even the most challenging situations with kindness and competence, Ms. Tyner shows genuine concern for the well-being of those around her.  She connects with students by telling them funny stories and having a “hee haa” moment with them, while creating a relationship of mutual respect and focusing on getting the work done. Ms. Tyner has been known to eat lunch with students, jump rope, shoot hoops and even toss a football around. By meeting students in their environment, she has had success bringing high needs and mainstream students together.

Ms. Tyner joined Norwalk Public Schools in 2002 as a special education paraeducator at Naramake Elementary School. She has also held summer positions at PF Camp and Norwalk Parks and Recreation. Before joining the West Rocks team in 2007, she worked at Nathan Hale. Prior to joining Norwalk Public Schools, Ms.Tyner worked in the healthcare industry as an office manager for a home health agency. She also spent fourteen years as an in-home support employee, trained through the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.

Nominated by staff members and selected by the WRMS School Governance Council, Ms. Tyner was honored along with others throughout the district with an Excellence in Educational Support Award this spring. The Educational Support Awards were designed to honor staff members who have earned the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, co-workers and parents.

On behalf of all Norwalk paraeducators, Ms. Tyner will continue on to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council Paraeducator of the Year program. The program was established in honor of Anne Marie Murphy, a paraeducator who lost her life at Sandy Hook, and recognizes the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement.