Psychologist, students honored
Psychologist, students honored at NUSD Governing Board Meeting
Posted on 11/19/2018
Honored student

Dayana Isabella Pina

Two of Nogales Unified School District’s youngest students, along with a school psychologist, were honored at the NUSD governing board meeting Nov. 13, 2018.

Supt. Fernando Parra, said that Dr. Janet Hackley has worked for NUSD for nine years and described her as dedicated to her profession.

“She enjoys working with all of our students, teachers and staff. She is committed to each one of our students who she works with on a daily basis. She is humble and passionate, always addressing the critical needs of our students and facilitating and coordinating instructional support to better serve our students throughout their learning process,” Parra said. 

In a written statement Parra read at the meeting, Hackley said, "I have a great love in my heart for our students, their families, and our amazing NUSD family. I cannot think of a better way to spend my life then helping raise up the next generation of world changers in collaboration with NUSD administrative team.  Most of the children with whom I work with are struggling in school and they seem frustrated and dejected so I like to give them some encouragement. One of my favorite ways to do that is to have them repeat this after I say it, ‘I am awesome, I am amazing, I was born to change the world, and I am changing the world.’”

The students honored included Dayana Pina, five years old and a student at Challenger Head Start Program. Parra said that she started with minimal and limited language skills and needed a great deal of support.

“This year being her second year, she is excelling and her vocabulary skills have improved significantly and she is expressing herself with more confidence. She is a wonderful student and always ready to learn. Her teachers and staff say that she is interacting with her peers and growing in all areas of teaching and learning,” Parra added. 

Jewelianna Campos, is a student at NUSD’s Exceptional Learning Center and has been in the program since she was three years old. She will be turning five this December and is preparing to transition to kindergarten in August. Karyme Valencia, her teacher, reported that she has seen tremendous progress with Jewelianna in all areas of schooling, highlighting her academic skills, social skills, and daily living skills.

“She works very hard in the classroom and she truly brings so much joy and laughter into our program,” Valencia noted.