Patrice Wiley is 2024 Paraeducator of the Year


Pictured above, Left- Dr. Michael McGrath Director of Special Education, Left Center - Stacy Murphy Therapeutic Day Program (TDP) Program Administrator, Right Center - Patrice Wiley Paraeducator of the Year, Right - Dr. Charles (Chip) Dumais Executive Director.   

On August 24, 2023 Patrice Wiley of Therapeutic Day Program was named Paraeducator of the Year for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Patrice started at Cooperative Educational Services in 2002 in DLC. Since becoming an EI, she has worked in multiple departments such as Birth to Three, Diagnostic Center, and her current home is Therapeutic Day Program. Patrice is currently in ASL classes to become certified in ASL interpretation.

Patrice often says “My desire to assist our students, no matter their ability, become the best version of themselves is my ultimate objective. Children don’t care how much you know, they only need to know how much you care.”

Patrice is now eligible for the 2024 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced during a ceremony later this fall. 
Past Honorees
Sara Beck and Dr. Charles Dumais

Paraprofessional of the Year for 2022 Jamel Small
2021 C.E.S. Paraeducator of the Year Michael Cueto
2017 Paraeducator of the Year Alyson Shopovick (DLC)
2017: Alyson Shopovick (DLC)
2016 Paraeducator of the Year Jamie Toppin (RISE)
2016: Jamie Toppin (RISE)
2015 Paraeducator of the Year Ben Megna (PLC)
2015: Ben Megna (PLC)
2014 Paraeducator of the Year Julius Britt (DLC)
2014: Julius Britt (DLC)
2013 Paraeducator of the Year  Luciana Perelli (PLC)
2013: Luciana Perelli (PLC)