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SEPAC Awards

Each year, SEPAC recognizes  Needham Public School employees who are truly exceptional, and have gone above and beyond in their work with students with special needs. Award winners include teachers, specialists, administrators, and staff members who have been nominated by SEPAC members.

If you know of an outstanding educator who you think should be recognized with an award for their work, please submit a nomination by April 28th. Nominations may be submitted by current students or their family members, but we can accept only one nomination per household. The identities of all nominators will be kept confidential, and are not shared with the nominees at any time. 

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We look forward to seeing you at the awards ceremony, which will take place on May 17th, from 7:00-9:00pm, in the Eliot Performance Center. We are also looking for volunteers to help us plan and run the event. Please contact Hilary Bruel or Meredith Lopez at  awards@needhamsepac.org if you are interested, or if you have questions about the nomination process.

2016 Award Recipients

Ali AbbaMitchell Elementary School
Tamatha BibboPollard Middle School 
Katie BradyNeedham High School
Charley ConnorNewman Preschool
Lexi CorbettBroadmeadow Elementary School
Lauren DellaCagnaNeedham High School
Brenna FeeleyHillside Elementary School  
Ann GrantBroadmeadow Elementary School
Megan HoelzerNewman Preschool  
Allie LanctotHillside Elementary School 
Betsy MaxwellEliot Elementary School
Kevin MullaneyNeedham Public Schools
Margaret PetrovichHillside Elementary School 
Jeanette WordNeedham High School

2015 Award Recipients

Carol Grady, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Emily Gaberman, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Susan Eyler, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Karen Hwang, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Jo-Anne Bagley, Eliot Elementary School
Regina Thornton, Eliot Elementary School
Gia Jeas, Eliot Elementary School
Livia Rizzo, Needham High School 
Lisa Austin, Needham High School
Nancy Solari, Needham Preschool
Dr. Aron Blidner, Newman Elementary School
Jennifer Henry, Newman Elementary

2014 Award Recipients

Michaela Audette, Pollard Middle School
Renee Bellin, Pollard Middle School
Dr. Laurie Blakely, Broadmeadow Elementary School 
Kate Condon, Pollard Middle School 
Debra DiCicco, Newman Elementary School
Matt Ganas, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Rosemary Leone, Pollard Middle School
Cathy Lunetta, Broadmeadow Elementary School 
Liza Martiniello, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Katie McGraw, Pollard Middle School
Megan O'Donnell, Pollard Middle School
Maggi Thompson, Broadmeadow Elementary School 
Julie Vona, Pollard Middle School 

2013 Award Recipients

Joanne Bowdridge, Pollard Middle School
Renee Campana, Pollard Middle School
Thomas Carco, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Emily Dudek, Pollard Middle School
Bonnie Haggerty, Newman Elementary School
Kelly Hurley, Needham Public Schools
Heather Murphy, Newman Elementary School
Dina Spiropoulos, High Rock School
Paul TzovolosNeedham Public Schools

2012 Award Recipients

Dr. Lisa Chen, Pollard Middle School
Diane Dunham, Preschool Coordinator
Luisa Gouthro, Pollard Middle School
Kelly HurleyNeedham Public Schools
William Lemothe, Pollard Middle School
Mark Smith, High Rock and Pollard Middle Schools
Abigail Taube, High Rock School 

2011 Award Recipients

Emily Distaso, Newman Elementary School
April Haffner, Broadmeadow Elementary School
Kelly HurleyNeedham Public Schools
Erin Kelly, Hillside Elementary School
Mary LammiNeedham Public Schools
Julie Minarski, Newman Elementary School
Dina Spiropoulos, High Rock School