The first that comes to mind is Elizabeth Conte. Elizabeth began her teaching career at Chets. While she was working on a Masters degree in Education she began working at Chets as a para and then walked seamlessly into a teaching position. She was one of those teachers that just had "the gift," and you knew it as soon as you watched her teach the very first time. Through the years our school community watched as she fell in love and got married, and then her first child, a son, Charlie, was born. Soon precious Kate was born. It was soon apparent that Kate was struggling with some medical issues and to make a long story short, she was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, which is a rare genetic form of muscular dystrophy. After being initially devastated by the news, Elizabeth and her husband, Dave decided to do something. They knew that research was the only way to improve Kate's future and so they have dedicated themselves to their foundation, Promise to Kate, that raises money for research and supports our local Children's Hospital, a facility that hosts Kate all too often. Elizabeth has returned to teaching as a Special Education teacher. Kate is now a first grader at Chets so their story is a roller coaster ingrained in our everyday life. When I look at Elizabeth, I see tireless determination and pure inspiration. She doesn't consider herself a hero, but to me, and to so many others, she makes me want to work harder and to be better every single day.
|The Conte Family|
|Chets supports Lori and the NF Run to raise money for research.|
|Lauren was recently named CCE "Volunteer of the Year"|
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