Colonial Elementary Paraprofessional is the School Related Employee of the Year

Colonial Elementary Paraprofessional is the School Related Employee of the Year
Posted on 02/10/2022
Colonial Elementary Paraprofessional is the  School Related Employee of the Year

The School District of Lee County is excited to announce Catherine Mayorga is the School Related Employee of the Year. Mayorga is the Media Paraprofessional at Colonial Elementary School in Fort Myers.

“I can’t believe that I won,” Cathleen Mayorga said after being surprised with the award. “I am so grateful for everyone in this district because as young as I am I was able to find a job in this district. I can’t wait to become a teacher!”

Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage, District administrators, School Board members and Colonial Elementary staff presented Mayorga with the award this morning.

Mayorga was nominated by her school administrators for all the work she puts in on top of her regular duties in the media center to benefit her co-workers and students. She helps with parent drop off and pick up, monitors the cafeteria and hallways, covers classes when teachers are out, facilitates small group discussions, leads PE activities and translates for parent/teacher communications when needed.

“Ms. Mayorga is a committed, loyal and highly motivated individual who brings a sense of pride to not only the school but also to the students,” says Colonial Elementary Principal Eric Washington. “She has a willingness about herself to do whatever it takes to make the day go as smoothly as it can. She has the talent, skills, and gifts to be whatever she inspires to become.”

Currently studying at Florida SouthWestern State College, Mayorga says she’s always wanted to be a teacher. She Volunteered at Villas Elementary while a student at Cypress Lake High School and worked last year as a PE Paraprofessional at Rayma C. Page Elementary.

“Catherine has earned the respect of her peers, teachers, students, and staff with her hands-on approach, hard work, and dedication,” says Colonial Elementary Assistant Principal Yelennes Ochoa. “She is a single mom, college student, media paraprofessional, community volunteer, excellent role model and a very responsible young lady.”

As School Related Employee of the Year Mayorga is awarded:

South Seas Resort: 3 Day/2 Night Gift Certificate
Suncoast Credit Union Foundation: $500 VISA Gift Card
Mark Loren Design: Custom Pin
Ruth Messmer Florist: Floral Bouquet
Fred’s Award World: Custom Name Tag

The School Related Employee of the year represents the thousands of dedicated staff members that work in Lee County Schools every day. They are the bus drivers, technical support staff, social workers, helping teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, cafeteria staff, custodians and more.

Mayorga’s nomination will now be sent to the Florida Department of Education for consideration as the 2022 Florida School Related Employee of the Year.