Seven years ago, on Take Your Daughter to Work Day, Kavelines came to work with her mother, Mary Louise Kavelines, a speech and language therapist at Morey Elementary School in Stroudsburg.
...Kavelines spent the day with learning support teacher Sherri McIntyre, and from that day on her goal has been to work with young children.
Then 16 and a student in the Pocono Mountain School District
was able to return to McIntyre's classroom as a teacher's aide thanks to the Supported Employment Program the school district offered to students with disabilities.
Born with Down syndrome, Kavelines
qualified for the program.For the first two years in the program, a job coach went along with Kavelines
, helping her
develop on-the-job skills.During her
last year of high school, Kavelines
went solo, helping children learn their numbers and letters and reading them stories.
After graduating high school, only one thing stood in the way of Kavelines
goal - certification.She enrolled in Northampton Community College, where she served two terms as a student government secretary, joined the Drama Club and achieved dean's list honors at the Tannersville campus.
>This spring, the 22-year-old Tobyhanna resident graduated with a certification as a paraprofessional in special education.
"I always wanted to teach second graders," Kavelines
For now, Kavelines
is spending her
third summer as a volunteer in the summer special education program for children in kindergarten through second grade at Morey
"I'm learning as I teach the children," Kavelines
...Family: Parents, John and Mary Louise Kavelines of TobyhannaEducation: Graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in Swiftwater.Graduated from Northampton Community College with a certification as a paraprofessional in special education.