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NEW POSITION: Courtney Elliott has found a calling in helping the disabled and is moving up the ranks as a quality intellectual disabilities professional at the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Shaffer Plaza Apartments.

Elliott, of Wellsburg, is a 2017 alumna of Brooke High School and graduated this May from West Liberty University with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree with a Disabilities Services major, but she plans to pursue a master’s degree in leadership in disability services in the future. She has worked at Shaffer Plaza since June of 2018 as a direct support professional and said it has always been a passion of hers to help others.

“I’ve always had an interest in working with the disabled. I’ve had a passion for it and I learned about this place,” she said, adding that it spurred her to work at the facility.

Elliott’s role is to implement goals through individualized support plans for residents; train staff on how to implement the goals; and work with family and staff to create programs for the individuals to help them become as independent as possible.

She said she feels truly welcome at the site and enjoys working with the residents and staff.

“It feels like being in a family-oriented facility and you learn something new every day.”

NAMED: Ken Parker, principal at Harrison Central, was named 2021 Administrator of the Year during the Principals’ Leadership Collaborative meeting on Sept. 9 at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center’s R. Larry George Training Annex. Parker received a plaque and $700 to be used at his grade PK-12 school.

JCESC Director of Curriculum and Professional Development Ron Sismondo said the governing board recognizes an outstanding school leader each year who has succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students, and Parker definitely fits that description.

The principal was lauded for his exemplary contributions to his profession in the areas of leadership, curriculum, instruction and assessment, school environment and personal excellence. The Administrator of the Year honor has been given since 2018 with Buckeye Local and Harrison Hills City Schools each yielding two recipients.


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