The Champions Quality Achievement Award honors a Champions Site Director or teacher who cultivates high quality programs, demonstrates high quality teaching skills, and shows exemplary dedication and service to children and families. This years’ five winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for the National Afterschool Association Convention on February 28-March 3, 2014. Stay tuned to ONE for profiles of each winner, posted weekly until the NAA convention and meanwhile, meet Charmaine!
Charmaine Balaoro, Site Director at Helen Carr Castello Elementary, Elk Grove, California, and 2013 Champions Quality Achievement Award Winner
Charmaine always puts children first, explained Area Manager Amy Harmon in her nomination letter. Throughout her five years with Champions she consistently exemplifies respect for all children and makes each child feel valued and special. Amy noted proudly that Charmaine should be video-taped for a training video, as an example of great teacher-child interactions.
Charmaine’s relationships extend beyond the children to their families. She knows parents’ names, occupations, and other tidbits of information. Her interest helps her to connect with each family on a personal level. Parents feel the difference and respond with gratitude for Charmaine’s exceptional service, as one parent explains below:
She is a nurturing and kindhearted individual who goes over and above her duties to ensure not only that the children are learning and safe, but that the parents feel the same security and comfort. It is the small things that she does that make her stand out from others…The consistency in Charmaine’s behavior speaks a lot about her character. Many parents that I have encountered feel so thankful that Charmaine is there to watch and guide their children during the hours that they are away. We cannot express our gratitude for the kind of exceptional service and professionalism this individual provides to us and for us.
One of Charmaine’s greatest talents is her ability to foster an environment where learning and fun can go hand in hand. Children in her program thrive, both academically and socially, because Charmaine provides an incredible balance between the two. Her positive attitude, organization, self-direction, and strong teaching skills make her a role model among our team, and she approaches her staff and the school administration with the same warm regard that she holds for parents and children.
Congratulations, Charmaine! Thank you for all that you do every day.
The Complete List of Award-Winners:
Charmaine Balaoro Helen Carr Castello Elementary, Elk Grove, CA
Leslie Barr Loveland Primary School, Loveland, OH
Linda Willms Copeland Elementary, Libertyville, IL
Franchesca Carrington Plympton Elementary, Waltham, MA
Jason Nedley Whittier Elementary, Fircrest, WA