School Nurse of the Year - Wally Colon

School Nurse of the Year - Wally Colon
Posted on 05/08/2020
School Nurse of the Year - Wally Colon

The School District of Lee County is proud to congratulate Wally Colon for being selected the 2020 Nurse of the year. Colon was nominated by the administration at Veterans Park Academy, “because she is a rock star and always gives 100%.”

“Wally provides a calm, rational answer to teachers and parents when there is a medical issue which means the world to the school because that calm, helps others calm down in crisis situations,” says Veterans Park Principal Mary Blackmon. “She went above and beyond her responsibilities by reaching out and helping the community during this Covid event. She is a wonderful nurse, an amazing co-worker, and an all-around genuinely kind person.”

Colon spends three days in the clinic at Veterans Park taking care of students’ health care needs and assisting office staff. Her other two days are spent at G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School. She organized the District’s donation of PPE that doubled some of the supplies at Lehigh Regional Medical Center in late March.

“Being honored as the District’s Nurse of the Year is truly surprising and a humbling experience,” Colon says. “I am honored to represent all the wonderful and amazing school nurses throughout our great district. We couldn’t do this job without each other. We are a small department but we are MIGHTY! We speak up for what is right, we advocate for our students and families, we fight for change, we ensure for their health and wellbeing, every single day. Our voices, as healthcare professionals, are heard, valued and respected.”

District and school staff surprised Colon with a car parade on Nurse Appreciation Day, presenting her with her award, flowers, balloons and a cake.

“Thank you to all our wonderful hard-working School Nurses for their continued medical care and support of our students and staff,” says Health Services Coordinator Beth Wipf. “Their expertise and excellent medical support to our students on a daily basis allows students to focus on their academics and excel in school. Their compassion and professionalism make them World Class Leaders of Lee County School District.”

Watch school nurse Wally Colon (Veterans Park Academy for the Arts, G. Weaver Hipps Elementary) as she receives the surprise announcement that she is the 2019-2020 School District of Lee County School Nurse of the Year.